Kwekwe council property not insured

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KWEKWE Municipality has become a high-risk entity after it emerged that most of its movable and immovable properties have not been insured over the past year.
This was revealed in minutes of the council’s procurement committee meeting held on January 21 and chaired by town clerk Emmanuel Musara.

BY BLESSED MHLANGA
STAFF REPORTER

The committee, made up of the six top directors at Town House, was discussing the $150 000 Amaveni Tavern which went up in smoke about three years ago and is yet to be rebuilt.

City treasurer Rejoice Mwene told the committee that repair of the council-owned Amaveni Tavern was no longer possible because by the time it was gutted down by fire their insurance policy with ZIB had already lapsed due to non-payment.

“Although there was an initial impression that the insurance company could pay for the repairs if council paid $30 000 as part payment to reduce its arrears, it was unfortunate that the ZIB official (a Mr Chivasa) who was dealing with council by then was no longer with the company and in the absence of a written agreement, ZIB has refused liability,” Mwene said.

Mwene also informed the meeting that council needed to flight a tender for insurance to cover council property because the local authority had no cover.

The procurement committee then agreed to seek a short-term insurance cover with ZIB while they await the tender process.

However, councillors sitting as full council on January 30 refused to endorse the minutes of the procurement committee following a misunderstanding over its composition, meaning that the committee’s resolutions and recommendations will remain unenforceable.

Mayor Matenda Madzoke confirmed that property at council was at risk owing to the insurance gap.

“Yes, the position is that our property is not insured at the moment. But I must say that not everything is not insured, only property that needs a lot of cover is outstanding and I am convinced that by Tuesday we will have dealt with the procument committee and insurance will be bought,” he said.