Call for immediate suspension of Mahachi

HARARE - Harare residents have called for the immediate suspension of the town clerk Tendai Mahachi over the clandestine purchase of 50 cars worth $2 million using a $144,4 million loan facility secured from China.

Combined Harare Residents Association (Chra) yesterday wrote to Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni  to seek official clarification with regards to the purchase of project vehicles which are alleged to have been allocated to council top management.

“Our understanding is that indeed the project has a procurement line item which should see procurement being done locally for project specific equipment,” said Simbarashe Moyo of Chra. “However I seek clarification on the following issues; how many vehicles have been budgeted for and how many have been bought; can we get a copy of the Bill of Lading for the Purchased vehicles, can we get updated statements which clearly tell us how much money has been used from the $144m and the remaining balance as of 30 April 2014.” 

Chra said it was treating the issue as a matter of urgency.

“If we are not furnished with this information by Tuesday next week, we will definitely go the legal route, forcing your council to provide the requested information in accordance with the Access to Information Act.”

Harare mayor Manyenyeni last week ordered a probe into allegations that Mahachi used funds under a Chinese loan deal to buy 26 top-of-the range vehicles, including Range Rovers, without council approval.

Manyenyeni announced the investigation during last Thursday’s full council meeting after it emerged that the local authority had splashed $8 million of the $144 million loan facility on cars. The loan was meant to bankroll the water distribution rehabilitation project currently underway at Morton Jaffray Water Works.

Mahachi got a Range Rover Evoque while engineers Christopher Zvobgo and Phillip Pfukwa took delivery of Land Rover Discovery 4 SUVs.

Other officials got Ford Rangers, Isuzu and Toyota twin-cab trucks, depending on their personal preference.

Mahachi is not new to controversy as Manyenyeni suspended him early this year after he failed to provide the salary and benefits schedule of all Harare City Council senior employees, including his own.

However, Chombo reversed the decision and reinstated Mahachi.

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WERTHJITFCF - 23 May 2014

Surely what do we expect from a Town Clerk who produced Zim dollar salary scales to the Parliamentary Committee probing municipality executive salary. Dr Mahachi is untouchable as long as the beloved Minister of Local Government, the Honorouble Dr Chombo remains in charge of the portfolio. Best wishes with your probe nonetheless!

New Tekere - 23 May 2014

Let us learn to respect our promises we made to the electorate and respect our constitution

WATYOKA T . S. - 23 May 2014

Who will repay those loans. Any loans being extended to the government must be given free because no one will own in the future. Those whoreceive the loans may squander them the Mahachi way, who cares!

Edzai - 23 May 2014

mahachi, the pomona rodent has sprung another one once more. and he will continue to do so for as long as he enjoys the backing of his godfather in looting- chombo. sadly, all this will continue to happen with the naive zimbos remaining in that endless mode of mourning and pleading victims .

pomona rodent strikes again - 24 May 2014

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