Government has promised to carry out lifestyle audits on Council officials as it moves to curb the increased corruption at Town House.
Newly appointed Provincial Development Coordinator Mr Tafadzwa Muguti said the illegal selling of stands in Harare has necessitated this move.
“It is sad that council officials have been facilitating the illegal sale of State land.”
“As Government, we want to know those who have been allocated stands since 2014.
“There will be lifestyle audits for people who amassed a lot of wealth through land sales. There will also be a lifestyle audit for all council employees, ” he said.
Many Council officials, including former Mayor Herbert Gomba, Town Clerk Hosiah Chipanga and various Departmental Directors have been arrested on corruption charges.
The arrested officials coupled with the recalls of over 20 Councilors by the MDC-T has also increased calls for the appointment of a Commission to run Harare.
However various organisations have decried the appointment of a commission.
The Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) has said it, “condemns all forms of corruption and graft and welcomes efforts by the state to fight corruption in our local authoritiess.
“(However) that does not warrant imposing a commission as this is a serious threat to representative democracy, a move that is aimed at throwing citizens to the periphery of local governance.
“Any attempt to the abuse of Section 80 (1)(a) and (b) of the Urban Councils Ac 29:15 by the Minister of Local Government through imposing a Commission to run the City of Harare is misplaced and has no place in any democratic society”.
Local Government Minister July Moyo has however refused to be explicit about their intentions at Town House.