Nyore Madzianike Manicaland Bureau
Mutare City Council has resolved to lodge a complaint with the police against its former human resources clerk, who allegedly got employed using forged documents, a move that has pushed council to undertake a skills audit.
Council has also resolved to recover all the financial benefits Ms Miriam Saurombe enjoyed over the years, which amount to more than $4 000.
The resolutions were made last month during the council’s ordinary meeting, where the chamber secretary was also tasked to accept Ms Saurombe’s resignation letter.
Ms Saurombe once grabbed the headlines after she reportedly downed a poisonous substance when the alleged scam came to light.
The council’s audit committee tasked chamber secretary Mr Cephas Vuta to investigate and take appropriate action against Ms Saurombe, who is suspected of embezzling council funds during her tenure in office.
Part of the council’s minutes from the meeting read: “Chamber secretary should take the appropriate action against the alleged misappropriation of council funds meant for reimbursement of travel expenses for interviewees and purchase of electricity levelled against the human resources clerk Ms Saurombe before 31 January 2018.
“Chamber secretary should look into the reasons why the human resources officer Ms Nyandoro proceeded to process payments for the travel expenses to the interviewees without being instructed to do so while the audit exercise had not been concluded and the appropriate action before January 31, 2018.
“Council should recover $4 060 that it paid to the human resources clerk Ms Saurombe for retention allowances after presentation of forged certificates.
“The general purpose committee should look into the inconsistencies in the payment of retention and job evaluation allowances and the inappropriate measures to address the same.”
Heads of departments within council were also tasked to institute disciplinary action against employees, who fraudulently earned employment using forged certificates.
The town clerk should report to the Zimbabwe Republic Police the cases of employees, who fraudulently acquired certificates for use to get employment in council, council said.