By Christine Chiromo and Faith Muringai
The cash scraped City of Gweru has applied to Government seeking borrowing powers to purchase 30 utility vehicles worth ZW$100 million for improvement of service delivery.
According to an advert placed in the state media, council intends to purchase 30 utility vehicles for the seven departments, to be used for water, sewer, refuse gangs, for housing and environmental health outreach activities.
“Notice is hereby given for general information and in accordance with Section 290(3) of the Urban Council Act chapter 29:15 and that subject to the consent of the Minister of Local Government being obtained in terms of Section 290(4) of the Act.
Details of the proposals maybe inspected at the Municipal Offices during office hours and any objections which ratepayers or voters in the City of Gweru may wish to make must be lodged with the undersigned in writing, within 21 days of the date thereof,” reads the notice signed Acting Town Clerk Vakayi Chikwekwe.
City council public relations officer Vimbai Chingwaramusee refused to shed more light on the development saying she can only comment on the issue when and after objections had been logged.
Meanwhile, Council also intends to purchase other equipment that includes brand-new front-end loader, brand-new tipper truck, brand-new refuse skip truck, brand-new tractor, brand-new ambulance with full equipment, brand-new rotary mower slasher and brand-new skip bins.
Gweru City Mayor, Josiah Makombe said that they are in a process of acquiring equipment as city council to improve on standards of operation.
“We are in the process of acquiring equipment which I am happy to say in the coming month or two we should be having a new front-end loader and a tipper truck so that we start working,” said the Mayor.