Harare City Council finance director Tendai Kwenda has been arrested on corruption allegations, the head of the Special Anti-Corruption Unit (SACU), Thabani Mpofu has confirmed.
Kwenda allegedly paid US$8 million to top managers in allowances, holidays, purchase of personal vehicles and hefty retrenchment packages.
One of the top managers, Stanely Mungofa, was given a US$1,7 million retrenchment package in 2014.
Harare Metropolitan Provincial Development Coordinator, Tafadzwa Muguti insisted that they are not out to settle political scores but are being driven by a distaste for corruption and abuse of office. He said:
I would like to assure you that we are not targeting individuals, neither are we driven by politics, but by the mere disgust and distaste of corruption and unethical abuse of office.
Kwenda’s arrest comes barely two days after Harare human resources director Cainos Chingombe was arrested for alleged criminal abuse of office and defrauding the council of millions of dollars.
Among other top officials recently arrested are mayor Jacob Mafume, former mayor Herbert Gomba, town clerk Hosiah Chisango, housing director Addmore Nhekairo and former housing director Matthew Marara.