HARARE City councillors want the 21 vehicles bought for management under controversial circumstances using part of the $144 million loan facility to be emblazoned with the Harare City Council logo and white number plates to secure them against abuse by the beneficiaries.
This came as Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni confirmed yesterday that the probe report by a team set up to investigate the alleged misdemeanor on the loan was out and he would soon present it before a full council meeting for adoption.
“The report is out. I have it, but I am yet to go through it,” he said.
Council officials allegedly benefited from the loan facility and bought vehicles including Land Rover Discoveries, Ford Rangers and Toyota Hiluxes, among other posh cars, irking the residents and councillors.
Contributing to a full council meeting last week, Budiriro councillor Panganai Charumbira said that council should ensure logos are put on the vehicles to make it clear that they were not for individuals at Town House.
“We should make sure that we put city logos and white number plates on these vehicles,” said Charumbira.
He was, however, blocked from debating further by Manyenyeni as the matter was still under probe.
Residents and councillors have questioned the logic of purchasing expensive project vehicles for the council officials who also have benefited from previous vehicle schemes at town house.
There is strong suspicion that the Chinese loan has been subjected to abuse by officials amid reports of inflated prices
on machinery being used at the Morton Jaffray waterworks site.