Chombo-protected Harare council spends Chinese loan on cars

via Chombo-protected TC spends loan on cars 16/05/2014 NewZimbabwe

HARARE mayor Bernard Manyenyeni has launched an investigation into allegations his town clerk used part of a Chinese loan meant for water projects to buy 26 luxury vehicles without authorisation from city fathers.

Manyenyeni early this year suspended the own Clerk, Tendai Mahachi, but the move was blocked by local government minister Ignatius Chombo.

The mayor announced the probe during Thursday’s council meeting after it emerged that the local authority has used $8 million of the $144 million loan facility from China.

The loan was meant for a water distribution rehabilitation project currently underway at Morton Jaffrey water works.

During Thursday’s meeting, councillors accused Mahachi of having a “hidden motive” by not disclosing the expenditure.

They went on to demand a detailed report on how much of the loan has been used and how many vehicles were procured without the knowledge of the city fathers.

Deputy mayor Thomas Muzuwa demanded a breakdown of how the loan has been used, suggesting that there could have been misappropriation of funds.

“Maybe we are just relaxed when there is no longer a single cent remaining under the deal. Why should we be kept in the dark when such things happen?” Muzuwa asked forcing Manyenyeni to call for a probe.

“When we procure anything in council it has to be brought in light because residents’ money will be used.

“It’s surprising to see new vehicles lining up in the car park while others are already in the field without us as councillors being informed; we demand to know how things are now being run in this council,” he said.

Muzuwa said they were informed that 26 top of the range vehicles were bought, but Harare water Director, Christopher Zvogbo who was representing the town clerk said he was aware of only 13 vehicles and also acknowledged that $8 million was used.

When he appeared before a Parliamentary probe recently, Manyenyeni told legislators that the loan deal was shrouded in a lot of controversy with the equipment and material procured using the funds over priced by double their value.

“On the issue of the Chinese project, we are seized with understanding how the costing was arrived at,” Manyenyeni said then.

“The costs are definitely questionable. In a number of areas some have been itemised and some have not been itemised,” Manyenyeni said.

Mahachi did not attend the meeting to defend himself, a move that some councillors said he might be hiding something by absenting without a reason.



  • comment-avatar
    Chaka 9 years ago

    A shock, but not a surprise. If they dont pay back the loan, Zimbabwe will belong to China.

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    Gomogranny 9 years ago

    Zimbabwe already belongs to China….

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    Petal 9 years ago

    One should hear what is going on between the Chinese and Vietnamese if one has access to international news

    The Vietnamese are attacking the chinese because the latter are supposed to have gone to drill for oil in an area which the Vietanmese claim belongs to them

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    Petal 9 years ago

    So the loan intended for Water Projects was used to purchase vehicles. Just shows that these people think vehicles are a priority not water