Tongogara – Tongogara Rural District Council chair Tamiswa Njovana is under investigation for alleged abuse of a council vehicle and funds, The Mirror has been told.
This emerged in a full council meeting held last month at Tongogara Council Boardroom. After the meeting the councillors resolved to write a letter to the Minister of Local Government July Moyo requesting investigations against the chairman.
Ironically Njovana recently fired three senior officials within a period of about six months after accusing them of corruption. These are the Chief Executive Officer Brian Rufasha, Messa Dhliwayo, Human Resource manager and Sithembiso Ndiripo, treasurer.
Tongogara RDC vice chairman, Golden Kapeta confirmed the developments and said the agenda was read out to Njovana.
Kapeta said he was taken by surprise by the allegations. He only heard about the allegations when they were already in the full council meeting, he said.
“Some councilors wanted the council vehicle bought for the chairman to be parked at the council premises whenever he finishes council business. One councilor said the vehicle was once seen at Hwandara Mine and there was no council business there,” said Kapeta.
Njovana is also accused of spending RTGS$85 000 in a Bulawayo hotel where he was booked from December 26 2020, to January 4 2021 when he attended the Day of National Prayer.
The Councillors also wanted the money paid to lawyers who hired for disciplinary hearings of senior managers investigated.
However, Loyalty Mabhonga, Chachacha Business community chairman said expressed his displeasure on the developments. He said council was now wasting too much resources fighting petty wars.