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Gweru to adopt automated pre-paid parking system

Tinaani
Nyabereka
GWERU – The
city council here has moved to adopt an automated pre-paid parking system as a
measure to mitigate financial leakages and corruption allegations levelled
against tolling marshals.
Speaking
during a recent full council meeting, Ward 11 Cllr Albert Chirau said it was
high time the council adopted more transparent and effective methods in its
revenue collection activities.
Chirau
said that before the automated pre-paid parking system is adopted, council had
to rotate the tolling marshals so that they do not get too comfortable with
parking bays.
“The
council is losing a lot of revenue from pre-paid parking. We have received
reports of some tolling marshals who line their pockets with the council money.
“We
have to address this issue by adopting automated pre-paid parking system which
will plug all the leakages. This system will see a positive change in revenue
collection. Every cent should be accounted for,” said Chirau.
Ward
10 Cllr Charles Chikozho urged council to adopt an automated payment system
which was traceable.
“Let’s
do away with manual systems of revenue collection and adopt automated systems
which can be audited or traced. Corruption is encompassed in systems not
individuals because the clerks don’t eat alone,” said Chikozho.
Ward
18 councillor John Manyundwa also weighed in to the motion saying council has
to engage private players with the capacity to supply the systems so that they
can be implemented as a matter of urgency.
“I
propose that a rotational system be put in place as a temporary measure while
we look for other private players to help us establish a proper system,” said
Manyundwa.

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