Gokwe TC under probe

Local town clerk Tapiwa Marongwe is under investigation over allegations of mishandling council funds. The matter has since been put forward to a disciplinary committee which is being headed by acting town chairperson, Vengesai Chipfuko, on instruction from the local government ministry. Marongwe is denying the charges.

Deputy Local government minister Sessil Zvidzai.
Deputy Local government minister Sessil Zvidzai.

Allegations contained in a report presented by the town representative and Kwekwe based barrister, Josiniah Maupa, are that Marongwe, who is on suspension, allegedly impressed on the council that he had bought his official vehicle for $52 000. However, it later emerged that the vehicle was bought second hand from a Banket farmer, David Kenchington, for much less.

On another charge, Marongwe allegedly drew $23 000 from the council to purchase another vehicle which the council intended to use in its operations. However, the truck was never delivered.

Deputy Local government minister Sessil Zvidzai said the ministry would be guided on what action to take by the disciplinary committee report to be produced after the hearings.

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