Lusaka City Council (LCC) has with immediate effect suspended Chief accountant Cravious Haan’gombe and five others for alleged theft of public resources.
LCC Town Clerk Alex Mwansa said Samuel Chima, Thabitha Zulu, Chanda Machilika, Bandane Jere and Aaron Machaliwa have all been suspended after an internal audit report revealed that while working independently on dates known, they had been misappropriating money from the Local Authority by manipulating the system.
In one scenario the cashier receipted K48,000 which was not backed by a deposit slip.
Following a spot check, findings by the Internal Auditors to determine if amounts posted on the system at LCC were supported by deposit slips and bank statements, it was established that the revenue collector obtained cash from a client at civic center customer care and printed a receipt for her amounting to K48, 716.40.
According to the statement released to the media by LCC Public Relations Manager Mwaka Nakweti, this was further confirmed through an audit trail in the Finance Management and Billing System which revealed the login ID and name of the cashier who issued the receipt.
In another scenario, following an audit of the Revenue Management System, it was discovered that an unauthorized journal entry was passed in the system reducing a client’s balance on their property rates account from K21, 552 to K0.30.
The Town Clerks office has revealed that the officers were caught napping as they were not aware that the LCC Finance Management and Billing System has an audit trail that shows everyone who conducts transactions and any exceptional activities.
Following the implementation of the system over two years ago, LCC abolished cash handling in the revenue hall and customers were requested to pay through LCC affiliated banks and by digital means.