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Govt Defends Belarus Fire Tenders Deal

Govt Defends Belarus Fire Tenders Deal

The Ministry of Local Government and Public Works says the procurement of fire tenders for all local authorities from Belarus using devolution funds is above board.

The ministry said the Government conducted proper consultations with concerned stakeholders before procuring the fire tenders.

Acting secretary in the Ministry, Emmanuel Ngwarati, said the cost of each fire tender of US$464 296 was cheap compared to regional prices which are in the range of US$500 000 and above. Ngwarati said:

Request for model equipment, whose specifications are tailor-made to suit the local terrain, were made to local authorities.

On approval from stakeholders, the Government facilitated the purchase and negotiated for staggered payment terms.

Earlier this week, a letter written by the Ministry’s permanent secretary Zvinechimwe Churu revealing the fire tenders deal was leaked to the media.

In the letter, Churu directed local authorities to set aside funds to pay for fire tenders the Ministry is buying from Belarus. The letter read in part:

The funds to procure the equipment will be deducted from the 2022 Devolution allocations and will be done over a period of twelve months starting March 2022. the cost of each fire tender is USD464,296.

It is therefore advisable for local authorities to reprioritise the Devolution funds to accommodate the cost of the fire tenders.

More: The Herald

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Asalif 1 day ago

I attended almost every full council meeting from the start of this year I have never heard the issue of the so called fire trucks from government matter raised by the town clerk since varivoka vanhu venyu you appoint on Zanu pf lines so which consultation are you talking about

bruuu 1 day ago


dispenser 1 day ago

Zanu pox

Dzf 1 day ago

There are 3 tier government in the decentralization mechanism as enshrined in the 2013 constitution. Lalocal authority being the least tier central government in top and provincial and metropolitan council at the middle. Now you call this devolution which means it's political decentralization not Admin decentralization which is deconcetration. My qn is who is your stakeholder if you don't consult Local Governance and Provincial and metropolitan council. Who are you transparent to if not the lower tiers. This is simply clear that zanu is overdriving all the devolution approach for it's benefit basing in the fact the central government is the one which is in top of all other gvnt tiers. In that way hapana kwatiri kuenda devolution is only written not practiced in this country not at all. We are still under deconcetration since we all know zanu is anti devolutionary agents.

Joe Brownn 1 day ago

ED and July Moyo looting every cent from struggling councils.

Chawabvunza 1 day ago

In government answer, it did not say anything in connection with citizens' concerns: [ 1 ] Did government procedure go through the tender process ? [ 2 ] Devolusion money is supposed to be given to councils who would use the money to buy or settle outstanding council accounts. Why did the Central Government take upon itself to buy these firefighters ? [ 3 ] If government consulted its stakeholders, why are the same stakeholders saying that they were not consulted ?



poorvho 1 day ago

In this country there are solutions that are not applied, action that is not taken, criminals that are never prosecuted resulting in questions that are never answered.


Democrat⚖️ 1 day ago

Cuba allowed U.S. influence to pervade the entire Cuban economy, including public utilities,
nightlife, Havana became the tourism capital of the Americas.
FIDEL CASTRO RUZ (b. 1926), a student activist, led an abortive attack on the president. Prío was a member of Grau San Martín's Auténtico Party and an anti Communist.
On 1952, March 10 overthrew Prío Socorras and assumed power. During the next seven years, Batista petroleum, sugar, and tourism. Famous for its AfricanCuban music and freewheeling
With elections approaching and victory for the opposition likely, Gen. Fulgencio Batista

In an economy prospering from high sugar prices, Carlos Prío Socorras was elected in
1953, July 26.

1948, June 1 Moncada garrison in Santiago. Castro's eloquent defense of his actions at his trial brought him national prestige. He was imprisoned but allowed to go into exile in Mexico in 1955.

On our contemporary atmosphere, Opposition is going to assume power the Fidel Castro style...

Vote CCC

Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 1 day ago

Zimbabwe has a tendency of buying and not repairing 😂 look at FAW buses at zupco depots and all those Gushungo mini buses.

Every year we talk of repairing roads, building dams, Zesa etc and in the end we hear of corruption cases then it goes quiet and so on.


totito 1 day ago

Who are the concerned stakeholders, if its not the local authorities. Zvimwe mavakunyanyawo.

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