Last week, Gweru Mayor Hamutendi Kombayi issued an order for a senior council official to report the theft of a vehicle against the suspended acting town clerk, Vakai Chikwekwe.

Kombayi stated, “We need to file a police report regarding the theft of the vehicle that the suspended acting town clerk has not yet returned to the council. Acting town clerk Tapiwa Marerwa, you should also report the theft of council resolutions allegedly made by Chikwekwe.”

This comes the same month a company executive was placed under investigation after his vehicle was listed in a local cars for sale classifieds website.

According to Midlands provincial police spokesperson Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko, they have not yet received the report.

On March 7, the council sent a letter to Gweru Central Police Station seeking assistance in recovering the car.

“The terms of Mr. Chikwekwe’s suspension explicitly instructed him to urgently return all council property, including the aforementioned vehicle. However, Mr. Chikwekwe has not returned the vehicle, and we request your assistance in recovering it,” the council stated.

Chikwekwe was arrested by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission on February 17 for alleged criminal abuse of office. He was accused of violating regulations of the Public Procurement Act by awarding tenders to three private companies for the development of Mkoba 21 residential stands.