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Bikita RDC approves CEO son’s project for a clinic

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Bikita RDC approves CEO son’s project for a clinic

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Bikita Rural District Council (RDC) has approved an application by the son of the Chief Executive Officer, Peter Chibhi to get a stand to build a private clinic at Nyika Growth Point, raising issues of nepotism from residents.
Minutes of an environment and planning committee meeting held on April 23, 2022 shows that councilors agreed on Cornelius Chibhi’s application to build a clinic in Duma, the biggest suburb at Nyika but advised him to apply for a residential stand first and then turn it into a private clinic.


Chibhi confirmed his son’s application to The Mirror and said the latter has rights like any other Zimbabwean to do business with council.
Council chairman Benjamin Masakadza however, said he was not aware of Cornelius’s application. He said that instead, it was council that had plans to set a clinic in Duma because the next clinic at Nyika is overcrowded and Bikita Hospital is 10km away.
“The clinic proposal that I know is one made by council in Duma because the next clinic at Nyika is overcrowded and Bikita Hospital is about 10km from Duma,” said Masakadza.


Residents who spoke to The Mirror described the move as a form of nepotism.
Bikita Residents and Ratepayers Association chairperson Berlina Sithole said there were thousands of people on the waiting list and prioritising the CEO’s son is nepotism.
“This application is under consideration on the basis of nepotism. Council must not pass such an application because it came about simply because the applicant is the son of the top man at council,” said Sithole.
The application for the private clinic was read in the full council meeting by the planning officer Boniface Nerumedzo.
Nyika is one of the least developed growth points in the country and yet Bikita is endowed with a lot of natural resources including conservancies and mines. Residents accuse Bikita RDC officials of looting from the local authority.


Recently residents petitioned the Minister of Local Government, July Moyo after the local authority raised a council loan and bought six state of the art vehicles at a cost of US$380 000 and registered them in the names of managers. The CEO’s Toyota Landcruiser which is yet to be delivered is said to have cost US$140 000.
Moyo condemned Masakadza for keeping a council vehicle at his home in violation of the laws.
“The application was procedural, the committee deliberated on the application letter then advised on the procedure and no resolution or recommendation was made.
“He like any other citizen and is allowed to apply for a stand,” said Chibi.https://masvingomirror.com

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