Bikita residents petition Minister over US$380 000 loan

BRILLIANT MUKARO

Mirror Reporter

BIKITA – Bikita Residents and Ratepayers Association (BIRRA) has petitioned Minister of Local Government July Moyo to rescind a resolution that authorised Bikita RDC to take a loan and buy luxury vehicles for six managers at a cost of US$380 000.

The petition which is dated April 29, 2022 accuses council Chief Executive Officer Peter Chibhi of abusing office and breaching procedure in order to come up with the resolution.

The resolution has seen the cash-strapped local authority buying six state of the art Toyota Hiluxes at a cost of US$40 000 each and registering them in the names of the managers. A US$140 000 vehicle for the CEO is awaiting delivery while the chairman Benjamin Masakadza has taken into his custody a Toyota Landcruiser vehicle which he now keeps at home.

The six managers who got the vehicles are Boniface Nerumedzo, Namatirai Gezera (Chakare), Philemon Madara, Never Mavhuna, Arnold Mutuke and Morgan Madhura.

BIRRA secretary general Mark Mutengani vowed to fight alleged corruption at the council until the resolution is reversed. The petitioned is copied to the Minister of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development, Masvingo Minister of State Ezra Chadzamira, and all Bikita MPs.

“We learnt with displeasure that Bikita RDC took a loan estimated at US$380 000 for cars and abandoned its prime mandate to provide service delivery.

“There is breach of procedure and abuse of power in the passing of this resolution. The councillors were seconded so that they serve the people but now they are pursuing their selfish interests,” read the petition.

He alleged that the resolution was secretly passed during the Covid19 lockdown.https://masvingomirror.com/

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