By Own Correspondent
Harare City Council officials who are allegedly implicated in the over US$1 million land scam continue to defy a local government directive barring them from resuming work.
The latest being its Housing Principal Officer Edgar Dzehonye, OpenCouncilHRE has established.
Dzehonye is reported to have resumed work on the 24th of December last year despite the Minister of Local Government and Public Works July Moyo issuing a memo stopping employees who are under investigation to resume work.
“Dzehonye was hauled before the courts last year alongside the suspended Housing Director Matthew Marara and other city officials on allegations of illegally selling stands.
“After noticing that some of the officials who have pending court cases were resuming work, Minister July Moyo wrote a memo barring local authority officials who are under investigations to resume work.
“However, many including Dzehonye have blatantly ignored the directive, ”said a source within the Harare Municipality.
The Harare City Housing Principal Officer is facing allegations of conniving with other council officials in selling council land in Kuwadzana and pocketing the proceeds.
He also has a separate charge of offering stands to public officials among them a magistrate, prosecutor, senior and junior cops.
Of late, Harare City Council has been operating with two town clerks.
This followed the return of Engineer Hosea Chisango, who is facing abuse of office charges, whilst an acting Town Clerk Engineer Zvenyika Chawatama was still in charge.
This has brought confusion at Town House.
The substantive Town Clerk has since been arrested on fresh charges and was given stringent bail conditions which bar him from accessing his place of work, Town House.