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Responses To Minister Moyo's Directive To Councils To Buy Firetrucks From Belarus

Responses To Minister Moyo's Directive To Councils To Buy Firetrucks From Belarus

Local Government and Public Works Minister July Moyo recently directed local government authorities to purchase firetrucks from Belarus saying the government of Zimbabwe had entered into a deal with the government of the Eastern Europe country. 

The move has been heavily criticised in some quarters. 

Government critics say the deal is a “scam” meant to siphon money from local government authorities.

Opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere said the deal is a repeat of scandals made previously. Said the law expert:

Zanu PF does not care about service delivery or the welfare of the citizens. A fire engine that costs between $20K & $50K is being bought for over $400K. Of course, the deal never went to tender & local authorities weren’t consulted. It’s the Zupco bus scandal all over again!

This illegal directive is a clear attempt to loot devolution funds. Who is behind this Belarusian company? How were they picked? They cease to be devolution funds if Central Govt is the one directing how they’re to be used. Follow the Constitution.

This unilateral, extortionate & forced purchase of fire tenders by Central Govt is illegal, corrupt & must be resisted by local authorities. Min of Local Govt has no power to buy fire equipment especially without going to tender. Devolution means local authorities self-govern!

Prominent lawyer, Thabani Mpofu who is popularly known for representing Nelson Chamisa and the MDC Alliance after the 2018 elections said the move is unconstitutional. He said:

To begin with, this is unconstitutional and is contrary to all sense. In addition, this is theftous and demonic greed mercilessly blended. Furthermore, this shows that meddlesome Zanu PF has failed Finally, this must be resisted by all good people and shall be.

Freelance journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono says the move must be rejected.

The instruction to councils by Local Government Minister, July Moyo through his PS to accommodate overpriced fire engines in their budgets should be REJECTED because it is a LOOTING exercise by the ZANUPF regime using councils! It is UNPATRIOTIC and outright politically criminal.

Team reOpposition ziiii zvaro after July Moyo’s corruption is exposed. Opposition going after looters shouldn’t just be about Chamisa, Biti, Sikhala, Mahere, Chibaya, and Sibanda. ALL of those intending to run in 2023 should be roaring like lions here.

It is not breaking news to opposition leaders. They were the first to receive these letters because they are the ones in charge of the councils. The letters were sent out last week…

Some said local government authorities have more pressing issues that must be attended to hence the move was ill-thought-out.

The development comes when government critics are opposing the US$344 million Pomona Waste to Energy Project which is a Joint Venture Agreement between the City of Harare and the investor, Geogenix B.V saying it was imposed on the local authority.

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10 Comments

🅼🅰🆁🅰🆅🅰🆉🅰 1 week ago

𝑱𝒖𝒍𝒚 𝑴𝒐𝒚𝒐 𝒃𝒆𝒍𝒐𝒏𝒈𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝑪𝒉𝒊𝒌𝒖𝒓𝒖𝒃𝒊 𝒎𝒂𝒙𝒊𝒎𝒖𝒎 𝒑𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒐𝒏, 𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒄𝒐𝒓𝒓𝒖𝒑𝒕 𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒅 𝒊𝒔 𝒏𝒂𝒖𝒔𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈. 𝑯𝒆 𝒅𝒐𝒆𝒔𝒏'𝒕 𝒅𝒆𝒔𝒆𝒓𝒗𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒂𝒍 𝒑𝒐𝒔𝒕 𝒉𝒆 𝒓𝒖𝒏𝒔.


Chawabvunza 1 week ago

Minister July Moyo acted suspiciously by negotiating a government to government deal without councils inputs. Devolusion states that government allocates funds to city councils who will in turn decide how they want to use the money. In other words Minister July Moyo negotiated his deal and now wants to force his deal down the throats of councils. This is unconstitutional.

NYIKA INOURAIWA NE VENE VAYO.

NGAAPINDE HAKE CHAMISA [NHC].

[VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE].


John Chifamba 1 week ago

ko zvaimbonzi devolution zvinoreva kuti vagari vemunzvimbo via formal leadership ye imomo munzvimbo ndoino gara pasi kuti todii ne Mari yedu, zvaenda kupiko nhai hurumende wee? Apa zviripachena kuti hurumende yavekupinfira paisingafanire kupindura. zvikoro zvingani zvinokwanisa kuvakwa nemari iyi. l believe there are more deserving areas where this money should be put: building schools, equipping hospitals, etc repairing roads etc . lt's a way of stealing


Nimrod 1 week ago

Mwari Pindirai, vanhu vaye vatanga. Is this a scam to raise campaign money, l strongly guess so


Maparamuro 1 week ago

Why doesn't the gvt just buy and distribute to local authorities??


Mmmm 1 week ago

We should not deal with Belarus 🇧🇾 because they have allowed Russia 🇷🇺 to invade Ukraine from their territory which is unacceptable.


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dispenser 1 week ago

This is utter rubbish . This corrupt Gvt have to be kicked out with immediate effect


Observer 1 week ago

Abuse of power is a curse which should not be allowed.
Parliament should be the one's to make the decisions after debating the issues.


July Moyo 1 week ago

Totoiba mari yenyika and hapana zvamunomboita nekuita tisu tirikutonga,mati madii imbwa dzevanhu.Tamburai hamuna basa handiti ndimi munosupporter party yakakumbira maSanctions.Ndimi munokuvara isu tichifa nemari


hoyoo 1 week ago

mai vako vakarwadziwa mahara nemimba panewe iwe


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