Zanu PF Central Committee member elect Professor Jonathan Moyo yesterday said Makumbe’s appointment was inappropriate since he "already" has conclusions before the actual audit.
Jonathan Moyo said such an appointment would even require a legal challenge.
"Such an appointment would be scandalous because Makumbe has already made conclusions before the actual audit. That would be prejudicial to have such a person for that job," said Moyo.
"It is important for such a committee to have people whose political opinions we don’t know than have Makumbe whose political opinion is a public secret.
We cannot have people who, for years, have been manufacturing falsehoods and their secret agenda is public."
He added that the audit would hopefully deal with employees in the parallel government allegedly created by the Prime Minister.
Efforts to get comment from Prof Makumbe were fruitless last night as his mobile phone was unreachable.
The costly payroll and skills audit will gobble about US$4 million and also requires 350 motor vehicles that would be provived by Government.
Minister Mukonoweshuro said the ministry had hired a private consultants company, CGI Consultancy Auditors, to carry out the audit that would run between November 23 and December 18.
Cabinet mandated the audit in April to unearth possible ghost workers in the civil service and address other related irregularities.