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…bus to be returned to supplier

Peter Chawapiwa

MPANDAWANA - Hwiru Primary School in the new town of Mpandawana is set to lose its school bus after a recent full council meeting resolved that the bus should be returned to the
supplier; Frontcom Private Limited.
The bus, which was bought last year, has been at the centre of controversy
since early this year when parents protested the deal saying the school
authorities acquired the bus without consulting them.
The full council meeting has now decided that the bus must be returned to
the Harare-based company, after the school failed to service its debt.
The school had already paid US$57 000 towards for the bus but Frontcon is
reportedly willing to pay back only US$28 000 as the school had used the
bus for a long time.
An audit report presented to full council also stated that apart from
failing to service the full debt, there was no sales agreement between the
school and Frontcom.
The report also noted that certain procedures in the acquisition of the bus
had not been followed, with the failure to follow proper tender procedures
being highlighted.
Hwiru Primary School was built by the Gutu Rural District Council and now
belongs to the new Town Board.
The decision to return the bus to the supplier was made in the absence of
the school head, John Takabvirwakare, his deputy Josiah Ambrose Tererai and
members of the School Development Association (SDA) who did not attend the
meeting.
The decision will be formally conveyed to the school authorities before
another audit report on the bus, which was compiled by the Ministry of
Primary and Secondary Education, has been made available.news

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