Bulawayo City councillors have shot down a recommendation from the city’s Engineering Services Department to buy 75 cars with an estimated value of $2,5 million over the next 14 months without going to tender.
The decision to turn down the recommendation was made by the Municipal Procurement Board and endorsed during a recent full council meeting.
According to minutes of the Municipal Procurement Board, the director of Engineering Services, Simela Dube said council authorised the phased purchase of vehicles and plant to replace the council’s ageing fleet.
Dube told the committee that to implement the resolution and in view of council’s financial constraints, quotations had been requested from reputable suppliers.
Quotations with financing options were sought from reputable garages in the city.
Dube had then sought permission for his department to be authorised to buy from companies with accetable financing options and the first priority was given to Puzey and Payne.
However, councillors recommended that the proposal be rejected and instead call for tenders to replace council fleet.
They said they had adopted that stance in the interest of transparency.
Councillors, however, supported the car purchase scheme on a phased basis.
The local authority’s obsolete fleet would be replaced in phases depending on the availability of funds.
Council has already purchased a Dodge Chrysler for the mayor, for $65 000.
The council also purchased an all- terrain double cab Mazda BT 50 and a single cab Mazda 22i BT50.
These were bought from Zimoco, Puzey and Payne and Amtec respectively.
The cars to be bought include a 15-seater minibus, two refuse compactor trucks, Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi and Mazda BT50 all- weather and all-terrain pick-up trucks, among others.