Victoria Falls Town Clerk Ronnie Dube has been arrested on allegations of corruption days after the municipality’s councillors had voted against his suspension and ordered his reinstatement with immediate effect saying the suspension was unprocedural.
Dube was arrested by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZAAC).
ZACC spokesperson Commissioner John Makamure told Chronicle that he had asked people from investigations to confirm the arrest.
Dube was reportedly picked up by two policemen from the Victoria Falls City Council offices on Wednesday and taken to Hwange where he is being detained pending a court appearance.
Dube was suspended without pay and benefits by the city’s Mayor Councillor Somveli Dlamini last week who accused him of “corruption, gross incompetence, abuse of office and causing the local authority to lose revenue.”
Victoria Falls Councillors convened a special meeting on Monday and resolved that the Town Clerk’s suspension be revoked as it was null and void, adding that Dube should continue executing his duties.
The councillors said the mayor had failed to furnish them with the basis of the allegations or consult them on the best decision to make which is contrary to council regulations.
The suspension was with immediate effect and without pay or benefits but Mr Dube remained in office executing his duties as usual.
This is the second time Cllr Dlamini has suspended Dube, the first being on August 4, 2020, when he wrote a suspension letter similar word for word to the one served last Wednesday and with similar allegations.
Cllr Dlamini later withdrew the suspension through a letter dated August 27, 2020, after other councillors opposed the suspension.
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