...as council pays workers for a contracted company
The Municipality of Marondera is embroiled in yet another scandal after revelations that vehicle wheel clamping fees are being directed into an individual’s account.
The local authority partnered a private company, ZEMQOS PVT, LTD to collect clamping fees despite using council personnel, in a move that has attracted a backlash from residents.
During the recent Full Council meeting, Councillors called for the termination of the company’s contract arguing that Council is not benefitting anything from the deal.
Councillors have since recommended an internal audit in the deal.
“The Chairman said he got reports that there were some monies which were not being transferred into the joint account but to an individual through EcoCash hence the issue was referred to internal audit for verification.
“The Audit Clerk raised concern why ZEMQOS PVT,LTD was using council personnel yet council was meeting the cost in terms of payroll. The committee said council resolutions should be implemented and implored the Acting Town Clerk to do so, ” reads the minutes.
Residents and motorists in Marondera have been fuming over the existence of the clamping company accusing some of its personnel of being unprofessional as well as demanding bribes.
Open Council Marondera is reliably informed that some of the workers were recruited on political lines after it was resolved that each councillor provide ‘a few people’ to join the council’s workforce.
They have also been reports that the contract document availed had some information missing.
“The Chairman asked audit members to verify the issue (and) Cllr Matangira said they received a report in the previous meeting that the contract document that was availed to Internal Audit had some pages plugged off which was a cause of concern,” read the minutes.