Gweru City Council management intends to spend $660 000 for the purchase of six top of the range cars for top officials. The vehicles earmarked for purchase include 4x4s and a Mercedes Benz for mayor Josiah Makombe. Town clerk Elizabeth Gwatipedza confirmed this development. She said
The plan is to include purchase of the vehicles in the 2019 budget. Gweru city recruited directors in 2016 and since then, no vehicles were purchased for them. As you may be aware, before April 2016, it was only the director of finance who was substantive.
However, Gweru residents’ representatives are not happy with the move. Gweru Resident Forum chairperson Charles Mazorodze said
The city is grappling with the typhoid outbreak and the rehabilitation of the public toilet systems is at its low in the city. Water and sewer services need serious funding to resuscitate them. These are areas where money must be channelled to instead of the cars.