By Staff Reporter
The recent arrest of Harare City Council Chief Security Officer Dr Colleen Tongoona last Friday has reportedly send many council employees into panic .
The HCC security boss was arrested for criminal abuse of office and according to impeccable sources at the city council this has sent shivers down the spine of many council employees who worked closed with Dr Tongoona.
“Soon after the arrest of Dr Tongoona who had become a law unto himself and usurping other roles which were not under his purview like approving building plans,fear has gripped some of his lieutenants that include Director of Works Zvenyika Chawatama,Municipal Police Inspector Belinda Kubvoruno and another officer who was identified as Kuda,” revealed one council employee who requested anonymity.
Another source who confided in this publication that the panicky employees who used to conduct clandestine meetings to decide who to chuck from the council have deserted their homes fearing that they could be nabbed anytime soon.
“Team iri rinoita mameeting pano chero pamaweekend ,kana kuti vanosangana pano vachizoenda kumwe.Boss Chiendambuya naChawaz vanenge varipo planning on who to arrest and what lies to cook inorder to go and collect money from Herbert Gomba.Kubva Friday hatichavane ,chero kudzimba kwavo hanzi havako.(these people often hold their meetings here or they meet here and depart for another venue elsewhere.Chiendambuya and Chawaz(Chawatama)will also be present but from Friday they have since vanished,” alleges the source.
Harare City has been dogged by several scandals which have claimed the scalp of ex-mayor Gomba who is accused of trying to extricate himself from the mess by protecting his close associates that include Town Planner Priscilla Charumbira,Director of Works Chawatama and the recently arrested Tongoona.
Last Friday ,social media was awash with unverified rumours that a conversation eavesdropped by a council employee between Chawatama and Gomba suggests bribery of investigating officers from the anti-corruption unit.
“Chawatama was over heard speaking on the phone with Gomba who is alleged to have assured him that no one will be arrested .In response Chawatama is said to have replied kana mapedza neZACC better ,ko SACU.
“The name of deputy mayor Luckson Mukunguma was also dropped and the staffer who exposed the conversation is fearing victimisation ,”added the source.
Efforts to get a comment from the named council employees hit a snag as their phone could not get through.