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FULL TEXT: Council Workers Under Probe Barred From Work

Local authorities have been directed to desist from allowing under probe workers back at the workplace as that will affect ongoing investigations. Journalist Blessed Mhlanga said the letter indicated that the central government runs local authorities contrary to the popular belief that they were run by elected councillors. Below is a letter by Mr Tafadzwa Muguti the Provincial Development Coordinator for Harare Metropolitan Province.

Please be advised that employees who are currently out on bail should not be allowed back at work until investigations and the cases are concluded at the courts. We note with concern that employees currently out on bail are colluding with some council officials to be reinstated or elevated to senior positions within council in order to influence ongoing investigations as well as intimidate other staff members from testifying and cooperating with investigators. We are also seriously concerned that promotions are being awarded to the same employees as a reward for protecting their interests. I, therefore, urge all local authorities to please respect all ongoing investigations and desist from moving staff around as a way of hiding corrupt activities. Please be assured we will not hesitate to enforce the law for your interference with investigations.

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