GWERU – The Joint Operations Command comprising Police and other security arms of Government has been ordered to retrieve a US$170 000 luxury Toyota Prado grabbed by Gweru Mayor, Josiah Makombe when he was recalled by his party late last year.
Gweru District Development Coordinator (DDC) Ndeya Nyede confirmed the development in an interview with The Mirror.
Makombe was recalled by the Douglas Mwonzora led MDC T for allegedly aligning with the then Nelson Chamisa-led MDC A.
Nyede said Makombe acted outside council regulations by grabbing the vehicle.
“His failure to return the council vehicle is outside the council regulations and it is an offense to remain with council property when you are no longer a serving member.
“We are therefore going to send a team of JOC members comprising Police officers and other security agencies to impound the council vehicle today,” he said.
The development comes barely two days after Gweru Residents and Ratepayers’ Association gave the local authority a 48-hour ultimatum to act on Makombe’s case.
“We refer to the above matter and write to inquire on the circumstances justifying the continued abuse of a council vehicle, a Toyota Prado (Black) by former Councillor of Ward 2 Josiah Makombe.
“We have observed with concern that despite relinquishing office, he continues to misuse the vehicle. The vehicle is being used as a campaign vehicle carrying supporters and activities and has had registration plates removed.
“We seek your response within 48 hours failure in which we will continue with our best interest at law including approaching the courts as well as the Anti-Corruption Commission of Zimbabwe,” reads part of the letter addressed to acting Town Clerk Vakai Chikwekwe.
The letter is also copies to the mayor Hamutendi Kombayi, Nyede and the Minister of State and Devolution Affairs Larry Mavima.https://masvingomirror.com