Council has appointed a five member committee to investigate the implementation of the $144 million water project and the procurement of project vehicles for the venture.
The committee will comprise two councillors namely Councillor Stewart Mtizwa (Ward 9) who will be the committee’s chairperson, and Deputy Mayor Thomas Muzuva (Ward 13). Three external members including accountant Gabriel Chipara, Engineer Richard Maxwell and lawyer Tendai Choto will also sit on the committee.
Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni said that the investigation should be complete in 21 days and will cost council $21 000. The outside committee members will get $6 000 apiece with the two councillors sharing the rest.
“The broader plan is to investigate the implementation of the $144 million loan facility from China Exim Bank for the rehabilitation of water and sewer infrastructure, to investigate the procurement of project vehicles under the water facility and to make recommendations to council,” explained Mayor Manyenyeni.
Council was following up on resolutions that were adopted by the full council that sat on 15 May. It was decided then to investigate the procurement of vehicles for the water project which councillors alleged was done without the council’s knowledge.
The full council alleged that 27 luxury vehicles, a figure which later ballooned to 50, were bought by council executives for the water and sewer rehabilitation project using funds from the $144 million Chinese loan.
Of late, various allegations have been levelled against CoH executives, including bloated salaries and allegations of malpractice in the implementation of the Morton Jaffray water works rehabilitation project.
Photo: Workers at the Morton Jaffray water works