THE Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) have sought close to 30 exclusive parking bays in front of their offices from the Bulawayo City Council, but councillors are divided on the charges.
A bay costs $10 per month.
According to a council report, Zimra applied for 19 exclusive bays while the CID, which is housed at Cabs Building wanted 10.
Council said it said it is inundated with applications from various government departments requesting exclusive parking bays in front of their premises.
It said some of the reasons cited range from the need to protect government property such as buildings, motor vehicles, documents and personnel, as it is a constitutional mandate to provide security to all government properties.
During a discussion, councillors felt that the bays sought by Zimra were too many and only five would be sufficient for the revenue department.
They felt that the motoring public might fail to get parking space.
Councillor Ernest Rafemoyo said the city required proper parking facilities and as such, parking meters should be introduced.
“Zimra should only be given five bays while CID Cabs Building should be allocated 10 bays for senior officials,” he said.
“It was now difficult to enforce parking by-laws because parking along Jason Moyo near Cabs Building had been roped off by the police.”
Councillor Silas Chigora was of the opinion that 19 bays for Zimra were excessive, saying 10 would be sufficient.
Council resolved that only five parking bays be allocated to Zimra with 10 being given to the CID At a cost of $10 per month.
Payment should be made in advance or vehicles risk being clamped.