GOKWE – Residents in Gokwe have accused the Town Council Administrator Alexander Nyandoro of corruption after he forged documents to purchase a Toyota D4D truck, TSTNews has learnt.
By Taurai Bvumo
Nyandoro who holds the most senior position in the small town of Gokwe is said to have falsely drafted management meeting minutes for his personal gains.
TSTNews was told that the administrator doctored minutes claiming that the management had discussed the buying of a vehicle as well as the prices.
Nyandoro is said to have proceeded to buy himself a brand new Toyota Hilux at the expense of the rate payers.
Speaking to TSTNews, Combined Gokwe Residents Association (CGRA) chairperson Nefas Mhangami alleged that Nyandoro was in the business of converting council funds to his own use whilst compromising service delivery.
“We were shocked to see him (Nyandoro) driving a brand new car only to be told by council employees that the car was bought by council,” Mhangami said.
“We called for an emergency meeting with the council to get to the bottom of the matter and the administrator pulled out council minutes that’s when we realised that he had doctored management meetings for his benefit,” he added.
Nyandoro was once suspended from the Gokwe council in December 2012 for similar offence but was reinstated under unclear circumstances.
“We are surprised that in 2012 Nyandoro was suspended for abusing council funds and he was reinstated and now is committing the same offence and government and ministry of local government is not taking action on him” said the representative of Gokwe.
“We, the CGRA, have always alerted the ministry on how Nyandoro is behaving in the Gokwe Town Council. It is a risk to continue having him at council before he clears himself on several corruption allegations,” Mhangami said.
Mhangani told TSTNews that residents were also concerned with the administrator’s failure to compensate for a vehicle that was bought in 2011 for US$10 000 but is yet to be delivered to the council.
Mhangami said, as residents, they have lost trust in paying rates amid claims of corruption at council.
“Nyandoro must be cleared first. His accomplices paid for their actions and we are surprised he is back. We don’t condone corruption,” Mhangami said.
The residents have already written a letter to the Minister of Local Government July Moyo to act on the matter of corruption in the small town.
The residents want Nyandoro fired or have an audit that will exonerate him.
“We no longer have trust in the council especially when it comes to money since the one who is supposed to keep it safe is the one who is abusing it,” Mhangani told TSTNews