Official accused of abusing position

A senior official employed as the human resources (HR) manager by the Midlands Public Service Commission, Moses Moyo is being accused of abusing his powers in respect of the allocation of government houses.

abuse-of-powerIt is alleged that Moyo, in cohorts with the Provincial Public Works Director, Identified only as Mugura, evicting several officials from their government allocated houses in Shurugwi, Mvuma, Gokwe and Zvishavane.

The present PSC boss was transferred to Midlands province from Marondera in August this year.

According to a reliable source, the houses in question were originally reserved for officials under a circular issued by the Ministry of local government: “The housing committee is chaired by the Provincial Administrator and housing officers at district level,” the source told this journalist.

A policy document was also made availed to this journalist in which it states that the houses are allocated to government officials within a 20km radius, irrespective of their employment grade.

Speaking to this reporter a source privy to the goings-on said: “Power corrupts. The social havoc wreaked by greedy PSC officials is unpleasant and shocking.”

“The worst type of corruption is the abuse of power and junior colleagues. I bet that Moyo will experience a loss of self-respect for indulging in activities contrary to moral standards of conduct. The continued abuse and victimisation of junior employees for his own purposes, under the guise of being ‘the employer’, is uncalled for,“ added the unnamed source.

This journalist learnt that there was a heated exchange concerning the occupation of house 122 Cape Street, Shurugwi at the District Administrator’s office. The chaos erupted when Moyo exchanged harsh words and allegedly nearly exchanged blows with Shurugwi assistant DA, Anele Gumbochuma.

Fortunately, the DA’s Jorum Chimedza and the unidentified PSC deputy managed to calm the situation.

Contacted for comment, a seemingly emotional Moyo denied the allegations levelled against him, saying: “All these allegations are a lie. The only centre of confrontation is in Shurugwi and I think I know the person who told you about it.” Moyo said.

He added that as a senior officer he is entitled to government housing and is surprised that a very junior official contested his house allocation: “I do not allocate houses myself. The Ministry of public works is responsible for that.  I was allocated a house and was surprised to find the house already occupied. You are free to confirm this with the relevant department,” he told this journalist.

Several efforts to contact the Provincial Public Works Director, Mugura were unsuccessful.

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