Harare city councillors were on Wednesday divided on how council engaged Easipark, a South African metered parking company, a situation that reportedly sparked demonstrations by Zanu PF supporters on Monday.
The majority of the city fathers in the MDC-T-dominated council are apparently unhappy with the Easipark deal and are calling for its reversal.
“The company is not giving anything to the city,” a councillor who chose to remain anonymous said on Wednesday.
“We are yet to see benefits of this engagement but there are individuals who seem to have found a looting avenue and want the deal to stand.”
The Easipark deal was subject to heated debate in a recent full council meeting where councillors accused the business committee of not following the right path in coming up with the deal.
“Why did they give this to a South African company in the first place?” a councillor queried.
A member of council’s business committee however said they would not budge to Zanu PF pressure and maintained the partnership was good for the city. The city’s business committee recently said:
“We decided to choose a South African company because people in Zimbabwe are not competent and there was no need for us to go to tender.”
In the Easipark deal, the city is supposed to get 60% of the revenue collected while the SA firm gets 40%.
Those opposing the car park deal include the Affirmative Action Group who recently wrote to Mayor Muchadeyi Masunda on the matter.