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Harare to punish officials for buying wrong skip trucks

By Takunda Mandura

Harare City Council says it is going to take disciplinary action against officials who slept on duty which resulted in them taking delivery of wrong skip truck from FAW Zimbabwe.

According to minutes from the councils’ Environmental Management Committee dated 3 June 2019, City of Harare entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with FAW Zimbabwe in 2016 for the delivery of 10 double skip trucks.

Clause 13 of the Memorandum of Agreement required the City of Harare to carry out a pre-delivery inspection before taking delivery of the skip trucks.

However, Harare City Council took delivery of the single skip trucks as opposed to double skip trucks that had been ordered.

In its resolution on the matter, the Environmental Management Committee which is chaired by Ward 41 Councilor Kudzai Kadzombe resolved to take disciplinary action against the officials who inspected and approved the delivery of FAW single skip bin trucks instead of double skip bin trucks.

The committee also agreed that the matter is referred to the Human Resources and the General Purposes Committee.

The Environmental Management Committee further resolved that council recovers the difference in value between the single skip bin trucks supplied and the double skip trucks that ought to have been supplied.

Harare City Council has however been using these wrong skip trucks since March 2018.

According to the committee minutes, acting Chamber Secretary Rudaviro Chimhenga had referred the issue to the city council’s external lawyers for an independent legal opinion.

The legal opinion essentially stated that contractually where there was a breach, such as in the case under consideration, two options were available to the aggrieved party namely, specific performance and cancellation and claim for damages.

However, specific performance was no longer possible because the council took delivery of the wrong equipment and proceeded to use the same for over a year.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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