Chiredzi Town Council is reportedly being defrauded of thousands of dollars by employees through underhand dealings.
This comes after the council was made to buy ten drums of its own tar under the pretext that it belonged to Tensor Systems which it had hired to carry out a road project two years ago. Reports suggest that the company completed the project and the tar was kept in the warehouse.
The stores and engineering departments allegedly persuaded the procurement committee to buy the tar when the council decided to patch up potholes around the town this year. The money from the sell was reportedly transferred into accounts of individuals.
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At one point, Tensor reportedly received $50 000 as advance payment from council to enable them to commence the construction of a 2,4km West Road.
Sources who spoke to News Day revealed that cases similar to the ones above are countless at the council. One revealed:
The issue of 10 drums is just a tip of an iceberg. A lot has been happening, where council is made to buy its own goods.
Right now, there are three drums in the warehouse, which were left by Clime Construction when they surfaced part of Lion Drive three years ago. Chances are high that council is going to buy them again. I do not know if the procurement committee is not aware of the scam or they share the proceeds.
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