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Pomona Waste-to-energy Project: CCC Tells Central Govt To Stop Interfering With Council

Pomona Waste-to-energy Project: CCC Tells Central Govt To Stop Interfering With Council

The opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) led by Nelson Chamisa has urged the central government to stop interfering with the affairs of Harare City Council (HCC). This was after Local Government minister, July Moyo, responded to the local authority’s suspension of the Pomona Waste-to-energy deal between HCC and Geogenix BV, a Netherlands-based organisation, by saying the deal can’t be stopped. President Emerson Mnangagwa’s spokesperson, George Charamba, also threatened Harare Mayor, Jacob Mafume over the deal saying he might be arrested for trying to stop a project that was approved by Cabinet and Parliament. In a statement, seen by Pindula News, CCC said the reaction by senior government officials constituted interference. Reads the statement:

POMONAGATE — CENTRAL GOVT MUST STOP INTERFERING, SPONSORING CORRUPTION

We condemn the corrupt interference of Central Government in the affairs of the City of Harare and the recent threats by Mr Mnangagwa’ spokesperson, George Charamba against the Mayor of Harare, His Worship Jacob Mafume. Mr George Charamba has threatened Mayor Mafume with imprisonment at Chikurubi Maximum Prison if he continues to oppose Cabinet’s (unlawful) decision to endorse the corrupt US$240 million Pomona waste management deal. Mr Charamba’s unconstitutional threats follow a resolution passed by a special meeting called by CCC councillors last week to suspend the operation of the illegal contract purportedly entered into between Netherlands-based Geogenix BV company and the City of Harare, which will see a company affiliated to Mr Mnangagwa’s regime, Geogenix BV pocketing US$22 000 per day for 30 years.

The Pomona Waste Management deal was unprocedurally concluded. The deal did not go to tender as required by law to avert corruption. Additionally, it was signed by Councillor Mutizwa who was illegally appointed by Minister July Moyo. This illegality was recently set aside by the High Court. Any acts purportedly done by Mutizwa in this capacity are a nullity at law. These are clear violations of s68 of the Constitution which requires all administrative conduct to be lawful, reasonable and fair.

Even more concerning for residents is the unsustainable cost of the project. In terms of the illegal deal, the City must pay a grossly unreasonable US$40 per tonne of waste, with an “estimated daily delivery” of 550 tonnes. This amounts to US$22 000 per day for 30 years. To compound this illegality, the US$22 000 per day is payable regardless of whether or not this amount of waste is dumped at the site. This means that the City will also be required to pay for waste not dumped at the site. If the City defaults on these onerous contractual terms, Geogenix BV may choose to terminate the agreement and the Council would be required to pay US$3.5 million in damages to cover all costs and expenses. The contract makes it mandatory for payment to be in USD for the 30-year period in circumstances where Harare waste collection costs are in the local currency in a context with huge disparity and inconsistency in the exchange rates of the local currency and the United States dollar. This cost structure is astronomical, grossly irrational and beyond the reach of the citizens and Council. Harare City Council does not have capacity to meet this obligation without falling deep into an intractable debt trap which can never be in the interests of residents.

The illegal Pomona Dumpsite Deal is one of several corrupt deals entered into with the collusion of Zanu PF and Mr Mwonzora‘s MDC councillors at a time when CCC councillors had been illegally recalled from Council. Armed with a fresh mandate from the citizens, CCC councillors have been fighting to set aside the corrupt deals using powers they hold at law.

Accordingly, we call for an immediate end to threats against Mayor Mafume and CCC councillors, central government interference in Council affairs and call for implementation of the devolution clauses of the Constitution. Service delivery for the betterment of citizens must be at the centre of all decisions made and activities conducted by local authorities.

Fadzayi Mahere National Spokesperson

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13 Comments

Chawabvunza 3 weeks ago

There is no offence which Advocate Harare Mayor Jacob Mafume commited to warrant an arrest. Jacob Mafume and about 32 councillors now run Harare City Council affairs. This deal was crafted while him, Jacob Mafume and his ÇCC councillors, were out of office. It was going to be considered a naivity if on their party they had let the deal go ahead without scrutiny. More issues are now coming out about Mayor Mutizwa who the High Court said was illegally appointed and everything he approved as the Harare City Mayor was a nullity ab initio. I therefore do not see why blabbermouth is frothing with foam. By labelling Advocate Mafume "little lawyer" blabbermouth is actually underming his own personality.

NYIKA INOPUTSWA NE MBAVHA DZAYO.

NGAAPINDE HAKE CHAMISA [NHC].

[VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE]


Machiavelli 3 weeks ago

Jamwanda2 was frothing because his Boss has been caught with his hands in the cookie jar. Looting opportunity exposed and likely to be reversed. This junta has no people's interests at heart. Only interested in lining their pockets

dispenser 3 weeks ago

thank yu Mayor for standing in the way of corrupt activities .yu are the kind of leadership which we want,wc grow ,who have sense of growth for country


Da truth 3 weeks ago

Mayor mozodzidzisawo council ye Masvingo.

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Nyoka Longo 3 weeks ago

There should be a modicum of soundgovernance expected of those who came with the "New Dispensation" mantra but if the Pomona fiasco is anything to go by then flagrant disregard of governance standards and latent corruption is on full display. The hangover of the Drax scandal is still around, especially considering the hideous character like Delish Nguwaya who is now fronting this Pomona looting frenzy. Hakuna nyika yakadai. Same same with Wicknell Chivhayo who got US$5 million for Gwanda Solar project and went on a shopping spree in the USA. Hakuna kwatiri kuenda


sekuru waBona 3 weeks ago

I second that

Dr Gire 3 weeks ago

Ngaachiroorwa Hake Musikana (Fadzie)


Mafirakureva 3 weeks ago

Dr. (Fake) StopIt panze pekuita noise pano endai kumariro kwaGorerarza muitewo chiroora mhani. Chih.ure chete ndochamonogona.

Mr 3 weeks ago

Zimbabweans kkk

STALIN 3 weeks ago

Unofunga kuti akafanana an MAI vako vakarorwa vane 14

sekuru waBona 3 weeks ago

now that's a statement from a spokesperson full of facts and pointing at irregularities not threats and lies from the evil ones


Ini zvangu 3 weeks ago

Any acts purportedly done by Mutizwa in his capacity as Mayor of Harare, are a nullity at law, coz his appointment was a null & void.


Gudoguru 3 weeks ago

Corruption



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