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Clear your name on corruption–Parly tells Bikita RDC


Clear your name on corruption–Parly tells Bikita RDC



BIKITA – Bikita residents denigrated their local authority at a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee On Finance, Budget And Economic Development held on Thursday last week at Bikita Training Centre and called it corrupt.
The meeting which was called to give feedback as part of the committee’s mandate was attended by six members of the Parliamentary Committee including Bikita West MP Elias Musakwa who chaired the meeting, Edwin Mushoriwa and Priscilla Moyo.
Never Mavhuna was the only official from Bikita Rural District Council who attended the meeting together with councillors, Ngonidzashe Taruona, Simbarashe Taruvinga who chairs council’s finance committee, Tirifani Mukaka and Lawrence Vhovha.

Clemence Munyika who is Headman Mupakwa and acting Chief Mkanganwi also attended the meeting.
Over 40 residents attended the meeting and they called on the committee to address issues of alleged corruption as a matter of urgency.
Two associations; Bikita Business Association(BBA) and Bikita Residents and Ratepayers Association (BIRRA) later jointly submitted a petition to the committee condemning a vehicle scheme in which the local authority borrowed an estimated US$380 000 to buy state of the art vehicles which were immediately registered in the names of six top managers.
Speaking at the meeting Charles Musimiki who is the BBA spokesperson said buying private vehicles using council funds and going further to service them under council budgets is broad daylight looting.

He said the money should instead have been used to procure service delivery vehicles like refuse compactors and fire tenders.
Musakwa told council to clear its mess and stop putting the district on the limelight for the wrong reasons.
“I urge council to put the plight of the poor in the forefront. The district is in the news every day for the wrong reasons. Councillors and administration must put their house in order,” said Musakwa.

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