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Suspended Gweru Town Clerk’s US$176 000 car delivered

Suspended Gweru TC Gwatipedza’s new wheels


…residents threaten demonstration
Tinaani Nyabereka      
GWERU– The
under fire City of Gweru Town Clerk Elizabeth Gwatipedza could soon be smiling
all the way back to work if cleared on corruption charges after the city
council has finally finished paying for her brand new Toyota Land Cruiser VX
car.
Gwatipedza
was suspended in 2019 on incompetence and corruption charges but the local
authority had started paying for her car in 2018 which cost residents US$176
000.
City of
Gweru mayor Josiah Makombe said that the council has cleared all the money for
the car to Toyota Amalgamated Motor Company (AMC) whom he said will deliver the
car soon.
“The car
was bought by the council and it remains council property. The payment was
started in 2018 and it has been paid in batches.
“The
council has now finished paying for the car and we now await delivery. It was
bought for the Town Clerk who is on suspension pending a disciplinary hearing.
“For the
benefit of residents let me make it clear that the vehicle was bought at a 1:1
rate while the bond was still equivalent to the United States dollars,” added
Makombe.
Gweru
Residents and Ratepayers Association (GRRA) director Selipiwe Cornilia said the
council is going out of its way to buy luxurious cars for the management when
little attention is given to service delivery threatening a demonstration if
the new car is not exchanged for an ambulance and other service delivery
vehicles.
“As
residents, it is our wish to see our officials driving dignified cars but it’s
a challenge now if they buy top of the range cars for themselves while buying
second hand vehicles for service delivery. That on its own compromises service
delivery.
“Also
our roads are not worthy for us to buy vehicles of US$176 000 because they are poor
.If these cars break down it’s us residents who will ensure that they are serviced
again.
“We urge
the mayor and management to reconsider the car for exchange with an ambulance
and other two service vehicles for the betterment of service delivery failure
of which we will demonstrate,” added Cornilia.

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