THE cash-strapped Kwekwe City Council which is struggling to pay its workers and service debts has resolved to buy town clerk Emmanuel Musara a brand new Chevrolet vehicle.
The city’s five directors, seating as the procurement committee in a meeting chaired by Musara on January 21, resolved to buy the car valued at $57 000.
Kwekwe council would also buy two other vehicles for its top management whose make or value is not stated in the minutes of the meeting.
According to the minutes presented to full council last Thursday, city treasurer Rejoice Maweni, who would also get her official vehicle, told the meeting she would immediately start mobilising funds to buy the three cars.
“Members noted with concern that the purchase of the town clerk’s and heads of departments’ personal issue vehicles has become a long outstanding issue,” she said.
“The director of finance agreed that she would try to mobilise financial resources to purchase the town clerk’s vehicle and two for heads of departments.”
This comes barely a month after the local authority recovered a deposit of $30 000 from Croco Motors, which was a part payment towards a mayoral vehicle.
Mayor Matenda Madzoke, who refused to take delivery of the vehicle late last year, instructed council to recover the money and instead buy refuse collection trucks. Council had intended to buy him a $58 000 Isuzu D–Tec twin cab.
According to a resolution passed by council, the money would now be used to buy two tractors and
trailers to ease refuse collection challenges.
The proposal to buy Musara a vehicle comes soon after Kwekwe went for two days without water over a Zinwa debt and disclosures that the town clerk takes home $135 000 annually in salaries and benefits.