BY TAFADZWA KACHIKO
THE Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Local Government was yesterday forced to shelve investigations into a botched deal between Harare City Council and Mass Breed Investments (Faw Zimbabwe) to purchase refuse compactors.
Parliament abandoned the matter after it emerged that the issue was sub judice (before the High Court).
Faw Zimbabwe had been summoned to give oral evidence before the committee on the issue of the refuse compactors which were procured in 2017.
The company’s external counsel, Gwinyai Mharapara of Manase Legal Practitioners, said the matter was before the High Court under case number HC4342/21.
Members of Parliament then resolved that they should not proceed with the matter before the court makes a ruling.
Harare acting town clerk Mabhena Moyo told the committee that Faw Zimbabwe was contracted by HCC to supply 30 refuse compactors on May 11, 2017 in a deal worth US$3 095 514.
On September 25, 2017, the company was also contracted to supply 10 double skip bin trucks valued at
US$1 529 999.
However, it only supplied 15 trucks under the first deal, allegedly prejudicing the council of US$1,55 million.
In the second deal, the company allegedly supplied single skip bin trucks instead of double skip bin trucks, prejudicing council of US$330 000.
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