Harare City Council stops collecting garbage due to shortage of vehicles

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Harare Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni confirmed to NewsDay that Harare City Council has stopped collecting garbage in some residential areas because of a shortage of refuse collection vehicles after some broke down. He also said that council is making efforts to acquire a new fleet of refuse trucks to cover all the city’s 30 wards.

Said Manyenyeni:

For a year now, we have been operating with 22 trucks and maybe the figure has gone down in the past weeks. We should have 46 trucks running so that each ward has a service truck, but because most of them are down, we are now forced to use the few available. We are in the process of acquiring 20 trucks so that we can be up and about. We have been given the greenlight to borrow for the procurement of the trucks and the tender has since been awarded. What is left is just some formalities.

Last month, Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere and his Finance counterpart, Patrick Chinamasa approved council’s request to borrow $29 million for procurement of service vehicles.

More: NewsDay

Bernard ManyenyeniHarare City CouncilSaviour Kasukuwere

Bernard Manyenyeni is a Zimbabwean politician and business executive. He's the current mayor of Harare (2013 - 2018), On 20 April 2016, he was suspended from the Mayor position for unprocedurally appointing James Mushore as Harare Town Clerk. On 6 June, Manyenyeni was reinstated as... Read More About Bernard Manyenyeni

The Harare City Council is an administrative body tasked with providing services for residence of Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe. Among other duties, the council is responsible for providing clean drinking water, housing and accomodation, refuse collection facilities and health services. Read More About Harare City Council

Saviour Kasukuwere is a politician, businessman and farmer. He is the former Minister of Local Government, Rural Development and National Housing and former Zanu- PF national political commissar. Saviour Kasukuwere was expelled from Parliament as the (Mount Darwin South) legislator in November 2017. Read More About Saviour Kasukuwere

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