Chipinge residents want acting town secretary fired

Ellen Mlambo

CHIPINGE – Chipinge Residents Trust (CRT) has written to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Zvinechimwe Churu demanding the immediate suspension of acting town secretary James Mutemera.
Mutemera who is the town treasurer was appointed acting secretary last month after substantive secretary Susan Dube was sent on forced leave following her arrest on corruption charges.
CRT accused Mutemera of being the architect of the alleged bad governance at the local authority and warned that unless immediately removed, there was a danger that he would destroy evidence against his suspended boss.
Dube was arrested on two charges of alleged abuse of office including using council equipment on her private property.
Asked for a comment by Chipinge Times Mutemera said some allegations in the letter were a personal attack on him. He said he would not comment further on the issue but wait for investigations to be carried out.
CRT also said there was conflict of interest for a manager to hold the post of treasurer and town secretary at the same time.
The letter dated March 11, 2020 was signed by CRT chairperson Vhurande Mahlupeko and CRT secretary Anthony Mtetwa and copied to Provincial Development Coordinator (PDC) Edgars Seenza and the District Development Coordinator William Mashava.
“For council chairperson and councilors to appoint Mutemera as the acting town secretary without a forensic audit being done is to destroy the evidence of corruption at the town council. CRT sincerely hopes councilors who appointed Mutemera are not involved in corruption,” reads part of the letter.
“I cannot comment on allegations being leveled against me. I will wait for investigations to be carried out. Some of the attacks in the letter are personal,” said Mutemera.
“There are no checks and balances when one person hold two of the most critical positions in the organization of a town secretary and treasurer,” reads the letter.
“Residents are tired of the abuse of power, property and public funds. We respectfully request your assistance as noted,” reads the other part of the letter.

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