By Takunda Mandura
Harare Councilors have come up against the city management accusing the officials of sabotaging them through poor resource allocation which has resulted in a failure to provide adequate service.
The Councilors said management had failed to prioritize citizens in acquiring fuel, a situation which has seen it failing to collect refuse or carry out a host of other obligations.
“There is need to put in a place a plan to procure fuel directly for our depots which we use, such situations are embarrassing when we fail to provide services due to lack of fuel”.
“We have been lambasted by residence for spending this and that but we cannot buy fuel and have to send a Mazda B18 vehicle to ferry people from a local district, such situations are embarrassing,” Deputy Mayor and Ward 35 Councilor Enock Mupamawonde said during the recent Full Council Meeting.
Ward 45 Cllr Norman Makondo also rebuked management’s lack of will in dealing with issues of service delivery.
“Your worship I think this council is not being taken seriously by the procurement department, all service delivery issues are failing because of them”.
“I propose that the department be examined. Why do we procure fuel from fuel dealers like Puma and not going to Total and other companies?’, he added.
As a way of dealing with the fuel challenges, Ward 16 Councillor Cllr Ngadziore has proposed that service delivery vehicles be allocated fuel first.
“We all understand that as a nation we are facing a serious economic meltdown but we want the Acting Town Clerk, yourself (Mayor) and the council to be able to prioritize whenever fuel is available.
“It is better to prioritize maybe those that offer direct service to the residents such as refuse collection and graders, but instead residents see management cars parked in line outside (Town House),” said Ngadziore.
Recently the council urged resident to use biodegradable waste as manure as normal refuse collection and Pomona Dumpsite operations were halted due to absence of fuel.