Harare buys 27 garbage trucks

HARARE - Every ward in Harare now has a refuse truck after Harare City Council unveiled its newly purchased fleet.

Harare unveiled 27 garbage trucks, plus four skip bin trucks worth $5 million that will complement the overwhelmed 20 compactors currently servicing Harare’s 46 wards.

Six tipper trucks have also been purchased for road maintenance.

Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo said the local authority has done well in partnering the private sector to improve service delivery.

“Indeed matters of solid waste management and road maintenance are critical to the functionality of any local authority,” Chombo said.

“I am pleased to note that this is a product of viable collaboration between the City and the private sector in the name of BancABC. This is commendable and we should continue to define space for such cooperation.”

The former Sunshine City had over the years degenerated into a litter jungle while roads are still in a bad state following years of neglect.

There has been an outbreak of diseases such as typhoid and cholera that have claimed thousands of lives.

Chombo, before wishing the MDC-run municipality good luck in the impending election, said the council has proven its commitment on addressing Harare’s service delivery woes.

“This occasion ably demonstrates that council is seriously focusing on matters of service delivery, with a view to positively impact on the livelihoods of the inhabitants of Harare and transient population,” he said.

The equipment will be managed at district level for decentralised and efficient waste management.

The minister said it is time for Harare residents to “radically depart from the littering culture” and compliment authorities’ efforts towards achieving the Sunshine City status.

Harare will soon receive six drop-side lorries, an excavator, front end loader, augur equipment motorised roadmaking gadgets worth $2 million from Zinara, Chombo said.

Council last year tendered a local company, Paza Buster, to supply the trucks under a $9,5 million facility availed by BancABC. The remaining $4,5 million will be channelled towards road equipment procurement.

Chombo further instructed council to furnish him with the loan repayment update on a monthly basis while encouraging them to effectively use the vehicles.

Acting mayor Emmanuel Chiroto said this was a “new dawn” which will see Harare restore its former glory by 2015.

“We may not get there together towards our envisioned future but we have prepared a solid foundation for those that will come after us.

They will have a good beginning towards the journey of the envisioned future,” he said.

The procurement process was marred with squabbles as council officials, on several occasions, were at each other’s throats contesting the procurement process and the rate of delivery by the contracted company. - Wendy Muperi

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