The City of Masvingo has rejected fire tenders purchased by the government from Belarus for local authorities saying that firefighting equipment was not a priority at the moment.
The decision to turn down the directive by the central government was made during the council’s finance and general purposes committee meeting held on July 19. Part of the minutes read:
Consideration was given to the report of the acting finance director on the letter from the permanent secretary in the Local Government and Public Works ministry advising that government will procure fire tenders on behalf of local authorities utilising the 2022 devolution fund allocations. The City of Masvingo would get two fire tenders at a cost of US$464 396 each.
The 2022 devolution allocation was $253 107 300 and council was being advised to re-prioritise the devolution funds to accommodate the cost of the fire tenders.
The committee has raised concern that the fire tenders were not a priority to the City of Masvingo.
The City of Masvingo is in need of refuse trucks, tipper trucks, graders and ambulances.
The committee counter proposed that government should consider procuring two refuse trucks, a tipper truck, a grader and an ambulance for the City of Masvingo using the devolution funds in place of the fire tenders.
The committee has resolved that the position of government through the Local Government and Public Works Ministry, to procure two fire tenders for the City of Masvingo at a cost of US$464 396 each to be turned down on the basis that fire tenders were not a priority for the city.
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