The cash-strapped Municipality of Marondera last week slaughtered three beasts to provide relish for its workers during the festive holidays.
The move follows another council resolution for the workers and policy makers to be exempted from paying hiked tariffs especially on residential stands.
During a full council meeting in December, council resolved to slaughter three beasts from its Elmswood Farm to provide relish for workers.
Marondera Mayor Chengetai Murowa confirmed that the beasts were slaughtered and that the beneficiaries were made to pay few dollars for the meat.
“The beasts were slaughtered and the meat was meant for council workers. The meat was not for free, the workers were asked to buy it at a cheaper price,” he said.
The council’s herd is fast depleting due to lack of accountability while there are reports of massive stock theft by council workers and politicians.
In 2009, about ten cattle disappeared from the farm and are yet to be accounted for.