City of Harare Grilled Over Non-Delivery of Refuse Trucks

During a hearing held by Parliament today over the non-delivery of refuse trucks and accepting a wrong consignment of skip trucks by the City of Harare, legislators were not satisfied with the responses from the City officials on the matter.

The City of Harare acknowledged that the City received a wrong consignment of 10 skip trucks and 15 refuse trucks were not delivered by Mass Breed Investments.

“The supplier failed to deliver what was in the contract and therefore breached the contract, City of Harare engaged FAW Zimbabwe on the delayed delivery as per contract”, Said Engineer Moyo.

Legislators were irked by lack of in action since 2017 by the local authority to address the issue in recovering the refuse compactors, claim the difference in value of the wrongly supplied skip trucks and disciplinary action over officials who received the wrong consignment of skip trucks.

According to the City of Harare, they commenced legal action in July 2020 but they could not avail the Court Case numbers as requested by the legislators.

“Why was there no delivery inspection when these trucks were delivered so that there could establish whether correct equipment was supplied and the way this company is treated clearly indicates that the city of Harare is getting instruction from a powerful hand above them,” queried Honorable Gabuzza

Despite the fact that the City Officials responded to the questions asked during the hearing, legislators were not satisfied with the responses prompting the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee to recommend another physical hearing on the matter.

The Combined Harare Residents Association, Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development and Young Volunteers for Environment petitioned Parliament in 2020 after it failed to get answers through countless engagements with the local authority.

This comes against a background where the local authority is failing to collect refuse with the City having a depleted fleet of refuse trucks.

Source: Combined Harare Residents Association

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