By Staff Reporter
HARARE City Council (HCC) was allegedly prejudiced of over R5 million in a corrupt garbage truck tender deal involving a local company and has since set in motion plans to bring the culprits to book.
The local company was allegedly awarded the tender to supply ten skip trucks without meeting tender specifications and the net is closing in on the employees who were behind the deal.
Audit Committee minutes gleaned by this publication stated that in September 2017, HCC tendered for ten double skip bin trucks and after the delivery, it was discovered that the council vehicles did not meet tender specifications.
“An anonymous person reported to the Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ) that the company had delivered to the City vehicles which did not meet tender specifications.
“On the 14th of December 2018, the company representative together with a council employee examined the ten trucks for compliance with the tender specifications.
“It was later discovered that they did not meet the specifications but the company had been given advance payment,” he said.
HCC was prejudiced of R5 190 000 as it took delivery of single skip trucks instead of double skip trucks and it was further noted that there were no delivery notes for these skip bin trucks.
“Payment of the skip bins was made direct to the company from a certain bank upon written authorization by the finance director, Stanley Ndemera using the ZWL$30 million loan facility for the purchase of Plant and Equipment,” read part of the minutes.
The Acting Chamber Secretary Charles Kandemiri has since sued the company for breaching the contract as the delivered ten trucks did not meet tender specifications.