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Harare councillors want the city’s chief traffic officer to be charged following allegations of fraudulent reduction of traffic enforcement fees on towed vehicles at City of Harare’s Central Stores.

This follows a presentation made by the city’s audit manager Mr Joseph Issa to council’s audit committee on March 11 this year.

Mr Issa provided video footage of the alleged scandal prompting councillors to order disciplinary action against the chief traffic officer Mr Campion Chishava and a ticket issuing officer.

The councillors resolved that Public Safety director Rtd Brigadier General Farai Chinengundu and human capital director Dr Cainos Chingombe institute appropriate disciplinary action against the pair.

Rtd Brig Gen Chinengundu was ordered to refer the matter to chamber secretary Mrs Josephine Ncube for aice on whether council should press criminal charges against Mr Chishava.

He was also told by the committee to put in place mechanisms to enhance consistency in the level of towing and clamping operations by carrying out reconciliation of all tickets issued against revenue received, trend analysis and vehicle tracking systems.

The councillors also resolved that, “The public safety director ensure that the waiver of charges and any exemption of traffic fines should be confined to the motorist on state business and those faced with life threatening situations and that the authority to waive such fees should rest with the chief traffic officer in liaison with the director of public safety who shall keep a register.

“The public safety director ensures that the release authority forms must be redesigned to identify important material as to the cause or reason for release, should be serialised and be treated as security stationery,” read part of the Audit Committee Minutes.

Council also resolved that Rtd Brig Gen Chinengundu ensures that the receipting of fines for traffic offences in the BIQ system be done at Central Stores for the convenience of the motoring public and reduce red tape which is breeding corruption and that cashiers be rotated regularly.

Traffic receipts will also be reconciled daily against tickets issued and the traffic register in a bid to curb revenue leakages.

Rtd Brig Gen Chinengundu was also told to carry out a thorough study on the issuance of traffic tickets to ascertain whether traffic tickets should be issued right on the spot where the offence is committed or continue to be issued at Central Stores.

The committee urged council management to consider filling in all critical vacant positions within the traffic enforcement section.

Source : The Herald