Redcliff to conduct forensic audit on stand allocations

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By Staff Reporter

REDCLIFF municipality will undertake a forensic audit on the allocation of stands, dating back to 2009 following reports of irregularities and discrepancies noted within the housing department.

Mayor Clayton Masiyatsva, in an interview, confirmed that council had resolved to conduct the investigation.

“It is true that council is regularising the allocation of stands in-line with the law.

“Council has resolved that we do a forensic audit, on all stand allocations from the dollarisation era in 2009. We will only be able to give a comprehensive comment once the auditors are done and given recommendations,” Masiyatsva said.

The Redcliff Mayor dismissed reports that the local authority’s Housing Director Christina Chagwiza had been sent on forced leave.

However, sources said Masiyatsva ordered the forensic audit after receiving reports of shady deals within the department of housing.

Council documents indicated that, “the purpose of the audit was to establish whether Torwood infill stands were allocated procedurally.”

It has been established that a total of 16stands were created after a land survey in 2014. Of the 16, at least 10 were condemned for various reasons and only six were deem suitable.

“It was recommended that a forensic audit be carried out on all the stands sold and allocated since dollarisation,” council documents read in part.

There have been calls for a formal disciplinary action to be taken against all officials that were involved directly or indirectly in the un-procedural sell and disposal of the infill stands.

“The internal auditor confirmed that the sale of the 16 stands did not go to council for approval the six infill stands were sold but the resolution to sell the stands was not availed,” the minutes show.

Some of the stands sold were above the required sizes while houses have been built on top of sewer or under electricity pylons against council regulations and by-laws.