04 March 2017, MASVINGO - The Ministry for Local Government, Public Works and National Housing has approved the purchase of eight vehicles by City of Masvingo, TellZim News can reveal.
In a letter dated 27 February 2017, the ministry gives council the green light to spend US$305 400 on Isuzu KB250 vehicles.
"We are pleased to inform you that the Office of the President and Cabinet in its minutes referenced TR/4/2100 dated 17th February 2017 has in terms of Cabinet circular Number 16 of 2011 granted council authority to purchase (eight) operational vehicles for Masvingo City Council (worth US$305 400)," reads the letter.
Town Clerk, Adolf Gusha, has also expressed an intention to speed up plans to purchase a grader and front end loader using funds acquired through the roads levy.
"We appeal to council that they fast track approval for the purchase of a grader and front end loader using road levy funds in order to rehabilitate roads that are in bad shape as soon as the heavy rains stop.
"The approval will enable us to continue with procurement processes for the equipment so that there are no delays in restoring the roads which are being badly demaged by the downfalls," said Gusha.
He also told TellZim News in an interview that council hopes to raise enough money to buy the equipment.
"We currently have about US$200 000 that has been raised through the road levy and we are hopeful that it is enough to purchase the equipment we need. If there is a shortfall, I am sure council will be able to do something so that we have the equipment in time," said Gusha.
City of Masvingo has an enormous service delivery backlog which has seen critical projects like the Mucheke Trunk Sewer being abandoned midway.local