Council duped US$221 000 in Jet Patcher deal

By Takunda Mandura Harare City Council is currently making efforts to recover about US$221 000 that it paid to Podilla Ventures in April 2017 for a Jet Patcher that was never delivered. Council awarded Podilla Ventures a contract (Tender Number COH/DOW/S9/2016) on the 5th of September 2016 to supply and deliver the Jet Patcher valued …

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Harare lose US$338K in crematorium deal

By Takunda Mandura Harare City Council Audit committee has tasked the director of Housing and Community Services Addmore Nhekairo to institute legal action against Synlak (Pvt) Ltd in a bid to recover US$338 281 or its equivalent at the Interbank rate which it paid in a failed crematorium deal. The committee also instructed acting Chamber …

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Harare Advisory Board: Residents ask questions

By Tafadzwa Muranganwa Harare Metropolitan Residents Forum (HAMREF) says it is worried by the recent appointment of an advisory board for Harare at a time when the government is about to disburse devolution funds. Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Provincial Olive Chidawu recently named a 19 member board which he said would advise on …

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Council, Chiyangwa in deal to regularize Harare South

By Takunda Mandura Harare City Council has authorized Town Clerk Hosiah Chisango to negotiate with Philip Chiyangwa’s company Pinnacle Property Holdings (PVT) Ltd on a proposal to regularize illegal housing developments in Harare South. In November 2018 Pinnacle Property Holdings (PVT) Ltd approached the council with a proposal to partner in the regularization of housing …

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Harare to punish officials for buying wrong skip trucks

By Takunda Mandura Harare City Council says it is going to take disciplinary action against officials who slept on duty which resulted in them taking delivery of wrong skip truck from FAW Zimbabwe. According to minutes from the councils’ Environmental Management Committee dated 3 June 2019, City of Harare entered into a Memorandum of Agreement …

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Harare City Council Borrowed US$32 Million for Salaries

By Staff Reporter Harare City Council borrowed US$32 500 000 to fund the salaries and terminal benefits packages for its employers in direct contravention of laws governing such acts according to the recently released Auditor General’s report for 2018. The hefty amounts were borrowed in batches from CABS between 18 November 2014 and 18 November …

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5 Things That Saved Moto Republik

by Munya Bloggo City of Harare nearly demolished Moto Republik’s modern architectural building on March 9, 2017. Why a City Council would try and demolish a building they approved baffles me. The drama surrounding the incident has been resolved out of court but there are vital takeaways from the events for anyone who would find […]

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Saviour Kasukuwere responds to online petition to #SaveMotoRepublik

by Munya Bloggo Saviour Kasukuwere, Zimbabwe’s Minister of Local Government today responded to the online petition that has been trending in Zimbabwe since 9 March 2017 to #SaveMotoRepublik. Moto Republik is Zimbabwe’s first creative hub located in the greater avenues area, in Harare, Zimbabwe. Over 3 000 young people have walked through its doors since […]

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