Harare battles refuse collection

Garbage has been piling in most parts of Harare including the city centre as the local authority has not been collecting refuse over the past weeks citing a shortage of refuse trucks.

The shortage of refuse trucks comes as Harare City Council (HCC) has lost over US$1,8 million in two separate deals for refuse trucks after the supplier failed to deliver some of the vehicles in the first contract and supplied others that did not meet specifications in the second transaction.

In areas such Warren Park, Kuwadzana, Dzivaresekwa and Tynwald, the council last collected refuse three weeks ago with dumpsites having mushroomed.Harare City Council spokesperson Mr Michael Chideme said the council was incapacitated to collect garbage.

“We are short of refuse trucks, however, with the few we have we are making plans to rotate so that all areas are covered,” he said.Some trucks were spotted clearing the garbage at dumpsites in parts of Warren Park yesterday.

The city council contracted Mass Breed Investments, trading as FAW Zimbabwe, to supply 30 refuse compactors on May 11, 2017 in a deal worth US$3 095 514.

The company was engaged again on September 25 of the same year for the supply of 10 double skip bin trucks valued at US$1 529 999.The company only supplied 15 trucks under the first dealprejudicing council of US$1,55 million, while in the second deal, the company supplied single skip trucks instead of double bin skip trucks costing council approximately US$330 000.

Acting Harare City Council chamber secretary Mr Warren Chawawa recently said council had engaged their lawyers, Mbidzo, Muchadehama and Makoni to pursue the matter with FAW Zimbabwe to deliver the outstanding 15 refuse compactors and reimburse the variance for the 10 trucks that did not meet the tender specifications.Council officials that did not carry out proper due diligence resulting in council taking delivery of wrong skip bin trucks are now facing disciplinary action, while the local authority has adopted new standard operating procedures to prevent such instances from recurring.Acting town clerk Engineer Mabhena Moyo said council was failing to meet its obligations on garbage collection because of the botched deals.—Herald

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