Harare Mayor Councillor Bernard Manyenyeni said that Councillors who presided over a $13 million tender for the rehabilitation of Firle Sewer Works neither had qualifications nor sufficient exposure to oversee multi-million-dollar transactions, which later prove costly for residents.
Council has already paid millions to the firm, Energy Resources Africa Consortium, for work not done. It is not the first time that the city has lost out in multi-million-dollar deals after irregularities were also raised in the overpricing by Harare City Council on the $144 million Chinese loan for the rehabilitation of Morton Jaffray Waterworks.
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In an interview with The Herald, Manyenyeni said that elected councillors should open themselves for help in areas requiring certain skills, knowledge and even exposure, adding that the call for specialists in council is also being made in other countries.