Town Clerk in court

The Town Clerk of Gokwe, Tapiwa Marongwe, is expected to appear in court next week facing criminal abuse of office charges.

He was suspended on February 13 by town chairman Darlington Mudondo over allegations of flouting tender procedures, abuse of office and corruption. Allegations include street lighting which did not go to tender at a cost of $62 000 and buying himself a Toyota for $52 000.

Barely 48 hours after his suspension, Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo reinstated him saying his ministry would take “corrective measures to deal with your troubled council.”

“The suspension was only meant to facilitate our own investigations. But the minister intervened so we are now taking the route of the law,” said an insider.

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