- The USD144 million was negotiated by the then local government minister Ignatious Chombo’s commission
- Govt to seek answers from the then members of the commission
HARARE MAYOR Herbert Gomba on Friday came out guns blazing following the reports that the Harare City Council misappropriated USD144 million loan meant for the rehabilitation of the Morton Jaffary water works.
Gomba said government must investigate the commission which was appointed at the material time instead of pointing fingers at the HCC.
This comes after some sections of the media reported that the loan was abused by the municipality officials.
According to the media reports HCC gobbled USD37 million on administrative costs and allocated a paltry USD55 million for water treatment at Morton Jaffray water works.
However, in an interview with the Zim Morning Post, Gomba revealed that the USD144 million was a loan which was negotiated by the former Local Government, Public Works and Urban Development minister Ignatius Chombo’s commission.
“The council has nothing to do with the USD144 million because it has already been dissolved two months before the 2013 elections.
“Chombo appointed a commission which was composed of Alfred Tome, Ozias Bvute and the former town clerk Micheal Mahachi.
“If government seeks answers as to how the loan was disbursed then it should contact those members,” he said.
Gomba said the culprits who import corruption to the councils are the commission officials seconded by government and the ongoing investigation should be a wake-up call to avoid such appointments.