splurged thousands of dollars on expensive smartphones for the 34 councilors, a move
which has drawn sharp criticism from residents who accuse the local authority
of misplaced priorities.
authority of failing to prioritise more important issues like refuse collection
and provision of safe and reliable water for domestic use.
council cannot even collect refuse regularly. We therefore feel that the
councillors and council management are serving themselves,” said a Jerera
chairperson Cornelius Mapuranga justified the purchase but refused to divulge
the type of cellphones bought for councillors.
councillor got a 10-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 which trades in some South
African retail outlets for R8 000, an equivalent of US$572. The phone comes
with a standard 34 gigabytes of internal memory.
now looking forward to getting motorbikes when the authority’s financial
communication so we bought the cellphones. Our wards are big and we cannot be
travelling all the time. We need to use the cellphones to communicate. The type
of phones we bought doesn’t matter, what matters is that we now have easy
communication with our people. We are now looking forward to getting motorbikes
in the near future,” said Mapuranga.
David Majaura refused to comment, saying he was out of office and referred all
comments to administrator Nancy Chatikobo who was also not available.
rejected demands by some councillors for motorbikes and only approved
cellphones which, however, could not be bought until now.
Coordinator (DCC) Ndeya Nyede defended the move and said the money will be
recovered during the councillors’ term of office in the same manner that a
stands-for-councillors scheme works.
during their term of office. For effective communication, it’s important that
they got those phones. The government is preaching E-governance so it’s a
positive start,” said Nyede.