Harare City Council has reported suppliers and council workers to the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC).
The suppliers and council workers are allegedly involved in scams on overpayment, fake quotations and quotations with common authorship, among other methods used in fleecing the local authority of thousands of dollars. Acting chamber secretary Charles Kandemiri told the Audit Committee that council had handed over the matter involving the alleged acts of misconduct by council employees and suppliers to ZACC for investigation in terms of Section 72(5) of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets (Chapter 22:23). Kandemiri has been tasked to do follows up on the outcome and report to the committee. Part of the minutes read:
On 14 February 2019 the committee resolved that suppliers who benefited and council workers who were involved in overpayments and use of fake quotations, quotations with common authorship, collusive submission of quotations, unauthorised variation of payment terms, advance payments, clandestine change of RTGS payee details and non-delivery of goods paid be referred to Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission for further investigation. The committee now considered a confidential report (12 March 2019 circulated with the agenda) by the acting chamber secretary (Mr Charles Kandemiri) recommending noting that the suppliers and council employees involved in acts of misconduct has been referred to the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission.
The committee discussed the matter noting that council could not blacklist the suspected offenders pending their prosecution and conviction by the courts. Harare Mayor Herbert Gomba is pushing council to invite ZACC to probe workers who have been issuing fake licences and pocketing thousands of dollars from home industries and flea markets.