Gumbo blasts Chikomba council over inefficiency

TRANSPORT and Infrastructural Development minister Joram Gumbo has accused local authorities in Chikomba district of inefficiency and corruption.


Gumbo made the remarks recently while addressing local authorities from Mashonaland East province.

“We received a letter from Chivhu that said the people we gave fuel coupons were busy selling them at garages. There is a delegation that came to my office telling me that. So those from Chivhu please put your house in order, some of you were found selling fuel coupons. They said some of the money wasn’t put to full use, please resolve that,” he said.

Gumbo blasted the local authority for failing to exhaust its budget and urged local MPs to stop blaming government over poor roads.

“Chikomba is the poorest in the province. Why? We gave them money amounting to $418 775, but only $190 146 was used. The likes of (Mike) Bimha (Chikomba West legislator) will be nagging me about the state of the roads, we do not want to hear that. Tell them to go back and make sure there is order in the local authority.

“Maybe you do not have a chief executive officer, or engineer. Surely, after being given $400 000 plus, you use only $190 000, and you come back saying the state of the roads is bad? Why?” he fumed.

Gumbo, however, hailed Marondera and Mutoko local authorities for a job well done after accounting for all the allocated funds for road rehabilitation.

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  1. Thank you Minister Gumbo for blasting lazy people in Chikomba, but still on the same issue what is Wedza rural district doing about the road patch from Mushandirapwamwe shops to Chemhanza High school. The road is so bad to the extend that one wonders whether it is the same road that the bigwigs like the Rtd General Vice President and former Governor Chigwedere also use when they visit their rural areas. Pliz honourable guys do the honourable thing by making this road accessible. It is worse from the turnoff point to Chemhanza High. Hope the issue will be attended with the agency it deserves like many other roads across the length and breath of the country. Welcome new Zimbo and its us who make our country great.

  2. Indeed I could not help to be impressed with Marondera. Harare can learn one or two things from the rural town

  3. chikomba sure has its roads in bad state. one growth point in mash east which is not tarred at sadza growth point and you hear one Edgar Nyasha Mbwembwe saying am representing you when for his two terms in office he did nothing besides only playing games with our hard earned cash. its time the honorable MP you better say good bye and pave way for a good represent of the the people.also i think its wise to audit the council employees because they are busy living luxurious lives on the expense of the people they are serving. i think also Honorable Minister you are to blame because these people do by expensive cars and buses but you only smile at them, where do you think they are getting those huge some of money. organize a forum and ask chikomba residents, they will tell you how their money is being stolen because we are seeing it being taken and nothing being done to these thieves. where did they put the other money you gave them when they only used half of their allocation

    1. i believe the minister is protecting the corruption officers in Chikomba council where is he while all this is happening

  4. i believe the minister is protecting the corruption officers in Chikomba council where is he while all this is happening

  5. Gumbo is the last person to point fingers about corruption after he ordered snow-graders for Harare city and bought antiquated aircraft for a non-existent Zimbabwe Airways.”Before trying to to remove a speck in another’eye first remove the log in your own eye!!

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