Harare Mayor Jacob Mafume has come under scrutiny over the appointment of a special committee to investigate the Pomona Deal amidst accusations of corruption.
The special committee has former chairperson of the Environment Management Committee Kudzai Kadzombe (Ward 41, Marlborough), Councillor Ian Makone (Ward 18, Borrowdale), ex-Harare Municipal Policeman and now Ward 43 (Budiriro) Councillor, Blessing Duma and Keith Charumbira (Ward 8, Highlands).
However, resident organisations have queried the use of the committee which they say may be a vehicle to fleece council of money again.
“Neither the City of Harare nor the Government has consulted the ratepayers of Harare about the Pomona Dumpsite deal. They are all busy making their decisions.
“What is the rationale of appointing a Special Investigations Committee when all that they need are all the documents pertaining to the project and make a decision?
“An important resolution would be to direct the Acting Town Clerk and the Acting Chamber Secretary to make available all the documents relating to the Pomona Dumpsite Deal with Geogenix without wasting ratepayers’ funds by constituting a special investigations committee that will produce a predictable report,” said Harare Residents Trust (HRT).
According to HRT if council wanted to be more objective it should have first appointed the Special Investigations Committee whose findings would inform the full council’s decisions on the Pomona deal.
Other notable observations from the new committee raised by residents are how the committee will function.
The councillors to be interviewed by the Special Investigations Committee have been divided according to their political party affiliation.
First would be councillors drawn from the MDC-T then those from the CCC, and lastly council officials.
The last special investigations committee resulted in wasteful expenditure of above US$5 000 paid to each of the investigators and residential stands were allocated to each member of the team.
HRT says to avert this, the city of Harare needs to be more transparent and accountable and stick to their approved annual budget before they make costly unbudgeted resolutions.
“”The Pomona deal is costly to the ratepayers and they are also making the same mistake of making decisions without consulting the ratepayers who they want to protect.
This week Minister of Local Government July Moyo announced that the deal will not be reversed by the City of Harare, because it has a national project status given to it by the Cabinet.
The Geogenix BV deal has also been challenged in court by the Harare North Member of Parliament Allan Markham.