An internal audit by the Municipality of Marondera on the parcelling out of the recently unveiled residential stands in Ruzawi (near showground) has unearthed a lot of irregularities involving politicians
Among the scams is the failure by beneficiaries to pay the much needed deposit money.
According to a report by the Audit Committee recorded in the latest full council minutes, council is yet to get more than $3m as deposit money from 16 beneficiaries while some of them are top politicians from both Zanu PF and MDC-A.
Open Council Marondera is in possession of the full council meeting minutes and reports.
Below are some of the audit’s findings and recommendations.
Audit noted that out of the five residential stands that were reserved for staff members, one residential stand number 4563 was allocated to Brightness Mangora (MDC MP) despite not having made it through the interview.
Upon further inquiry audit noted that the remaining four residential stands were yet to be offered to the staff members.
Audit noted that two (2) beneficiaries namely Mr. Masunda and Dr. Chopodzana had not paid any amount towards the required deposit amount to purchase the residential stands as at the date of audit.
Audit noted that the Municipality verbally advised the beneficiaries to pay a 50% deposit for the residential stands within the two weeks from the date of advice.
There were no written communications of these to the beneficiaries.
Audit noted that 16 beneficiaries failed to pay the required deposit amount of 50% for the residential stands within the stipulated three weeks period from the date of notification.
This resulted in $3,517,374.50 being owed to the Municipality as at the 8th of May 2020.
The audit manager said some of the stands were reserved for Directors and he said there was need to allocate the stands.
Among the 16 who were yet to pay the deposit money in full (as of May 8) are Marondera Central MP Caston Matewu and provincial minister Apolonia Munzverengi.)
The audit manager professed a risk of a) Loss of purchasing power of money through time value of money. b) Abuse of office cannot be ruled out.
Councillor Dominic Matangira questioned how the committeee determines the person who has the capacity to pay for the stands.
He said it was embarrassing that most people who had been denied the stands had the capacity and the committee was allocating people who had no money at all.
Cllr D. Matangira said there were lots of corrupt activities that were taking place and he said in future the committee should record serial numbers of money that they would have been shown during interview process.
He said the allocations committee changed the figures of the amounts they had been shown by the applicants to suit their own needs. He said the image of Council was tarnished.
NB: The audit report is as of May 8, 2020.