Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Ackel Zwane

MATSAPHA town Clerk Lucky Sukati will be fac­ing a dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee to­day fol­low­ing a se­ries of al­leged mis­de­meanours as listed in his in­vi­ta­tion to the hear­ing by Mayor Sand­lane Zwane.

He is ac­cused that whereas, it was his duty to ex­er­cise an over­sight role over the town trea­surer and to see to it that he ex­e­cuted his du­ties prop­erly and dili­gently, he failed to and/or was neg­li­gent in the ex­er­cise of such du­ties in that: whereas the town trea­surer was ob­li­gated to ef­fect de­duc­tions in re­spect of pen­sion con­tri­bu­tions from em­ploy­ees of the coun­cil and en­sure that all taxes on such were promptly paid to the Rev­enue Au­thor­ity, the town trea­surer failed and/or ne­glected to per­form such du­ties and the con­tri­bu­tions were not de­ducted and the taxes on same re­mained un­paid, be­tween Oc­to­ber 2017 and May 2018. He failed and/or ne­glected to en­sure that such de­duc­tions were ef­fected and the taxes paid, which con­duct has put coun­cil into dis­re­pute and ex­posed coun­cil to le­gal li­a­bil­ity.

“You are guilty of in­sub­or­di­na­tion and/or re­fusal to carry out a law­ful in­struc­tion in that on or about the 06th day of Novem­ber 2018 you failed and/or re­fused to can­cel a de­fec­tive mo­tion from a coun­cil agenda pa­per not with­stand­ing law­ful in­struc­tion from the mayor to do so.”

Whereas it was his duty to man­age, over­see and en­sure that proper records were kept in re­spect of all trans­ac­tions in re­spect of which money was ex­pended by coun­cil as staff loans, he failed and/or was neg­li­gent in the ex­er­cise of such du­ties, the re­sult of which was that an amount of E108 000 ex­pended as staff loans, could not be re­cov­ered as there were no proper records kept in re­la­tion thereto. The afore­said amount has/or may have to be writ­ten off to the fi­nan­cial prej­u­dice of coun­cil. “You are guilty of mis­con­duct that you at­tempted to co­erce the deputy mayor to re­scind a mo­tion (which had been adopted as a res­o­lu­tion) to ap­point the com­pany Price­Wa­ter­House­Coop­ers as the prin­ci­pal au­di­tors of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.” Sukati signed the ac­knowl­edge­ment of re­ceipt.

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