DELAY in the conclusion of labour cases against suspended top managers has proved costly to Harare City Council which is now paying about $300 000 monthly to each of its five directors sitting at home, while those occupying the same positions in acting capacities are also getting the same figures plus a host of benefits.
Town Clerk Engineer Hosiah Chisango and five directors are currently on suspension over corruption-related charges.
Some have been on suspension for close to a year without any hearing.
All top managers (Grades one to three) are on suspension except for health services director Dr Prosper Chonzi (Grade two) who is substantively in office.
Eng Chisango, Mr Stanely Ndemera (finance director), Mr Addmore Nhekairo (housing director), Eng Zvenyika Chawatama (works director), Charles Kandemiri (chamber secretary) are all receiving salaries and benefits from home.
Their cases have dragged for months and council is failing to prosecute their labour cases.
They are receiving full salaries and benefits while those appointed to their posts in acting capacity are also drawing the benefits and salaries in the region of $300 000 each.
Information gathered reveals that Eng Chisango is receiving a salary in the region of $320 000 while in the comfort of his home.
The other directors are getting varying amounts in the region of $300 000 but slightly lower than the Town Clerk’s salary.
Eng Chisango reportedly has two council vehicles and gets 320 litres of fuel monthly.
He also gets allowances for entertainment, airtime, refreshments, public relations and responsibility.
Other directors get almost the same allowances monthly.
Interestingly, those in acting capacity are getting the same salaries and perks.
The local authority is also headed for a showdown after recently losing a labour case against its human capital and development director Dr Cainos Chingombe.
Council’s lawyers, who are also charging a fortune, bungled in the case and filed defective papers leading to the dismissal of their case by the Labour Court.
This means council will now have to pay Dr Chingombe a backdated salary and benefits.
He had been fired for misconduct.
Dr Chingombe was suspended in 2017, and reinstated in November last year before being subsequently fired in April this year.
He contested the decision in the Labour Court, a case where council lawyers put a poor performance.
Acting Harare Mayor Musarurwa Stewart Mutizwa said the council has since set up an independent tribunal to do hearings for the suspended bosses.
“Hearings are ongoing, we anticipated that the tribunal would finish within one month, but issues are very complex.