HARARE Town Clerk Tendai Mahachi and his 18-member management team were under pressure Tuesday following revelation of their hefty salaries and lavish perks at a time residents complain about poor service delivery.
Mahachi and management are reportedly taking home close to US$500,000 monthly salaries.
A schedule circulated Tuesday showed that Town Clerk Tendai Mahachi earns about $38,000 per month with Chamber Secretary Josephine Ncube, Finance Director cosmos Zvakaramba, Director of Water Christopher Zvogbo, as well as City Treasurer Misheck Mubvumbi not doing too badly either at about $37,000.
The managers claimed the schedule was bogus but, addressing journalists in Harare Tuesday afternoon, Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni said the reports could be true.
"While the authenticity cannot be assured I have rejected the initial management submission that the schedule was forged," Manyenyeni said.
Manyenyeni said the town clerk and the Head Director of the Human Capital were expected to provide the actual salary schedule by 10 am today after the management had hinted that the schedule in question included arrear monthly salaries.
"I wish to share the councillor's dismay over this matter particularly the shocking amounts themselves. Given that our lower employees are given US$200 every month and barely getting it on time against a background of a collapsing service delivery in all key areas," Manyenyeni said.
The shocking revelations of salaries of Town House managers came at a time service delivery was at an all-time low and when government has threatened to deal with obscene salaries earned by bosses of different parastatals and local authorities.
Harare City workers from the Water Department recently down tools after they had not been paid since November last year.
Manyenyeni said the issue of non-disclosure of salaries to councillors has been very thorny adding that they did peruse it since November last year.
Meanwhile the Harare Residents Trust director Precious Shumba said the town clerk should be suspended.
"The Harare Residents Trust as of now is demanding that you and your council suspend the town clerk so that you find out what has been happening in the council," Shumba said.
The Harare mayor said the executive payroll information should be under the control the HR committee and generally shared with fellow councillors.