BY KENNETH NYANGANI
RUSAPE residents have clashed with their town council after it allegedly resolved to give US$10 000 soft vehicle loans to its six middle-section managers.
Rusape Concerned Residents Trust chairperson Godfrey Mufuranhewe told NewsDay that residents were angry that the resolution was passed without their consent.
“We are aware that the Rusape town councillors made a resolution for six middle-section managers to be awarded US$10 000 soft loans guaranteed by Rusape Town Council to buy luxury cars,” he said.
“Rusape Town Council made the payment for the six vehicles through its CBZ account to a Harare car sales company, and the beneficiaries are set to receive their cars anytime soon.
“In these trying times when we are failing to meet the critical service delivery needs because of financial challenges, we are shocked because our council is failing to meet its targets.”
Mufuranhewe further alleged that the contractual agreements of all the beneficiaries did not have a provision allowing them to get vehicle loans.
But council chairperson Lyton Sithole defended the move, saying the local authority simply acted as guarantors.
“It’s not us who gave the workers loans, but the workers went to the bank asking for loans, we are just guarantors, and we told the bank that we know them since they are our workers. The money will be deducted from their salaries,” Sithole said.
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