Gweru City Council (GCC) allegedly paid over $143 000 to three different companies for fixing the acting town clerk Mr Vakai Douglas Chikwekwe’s vehicle.
Chikwekwe told the Chronicle that there was some form of miscommunication between departments leading to the payment to two other companies which had not done the job adding that efforts were underway to recover the money. He said:
Truth of the matter is one company did the job and was paid and it is the last company (Hitco Engineering). We first engaged Neat Panel beaters who failed and then Jorem Panel beaters and the two failed to deliver. They blamed Covid 19 for failing to deliver the job and we them went to Hitco Engineering who managed to deliver on the job done.
The other two were not supposed to be paid at all but we have since engaged our debt collection unit to get our money back,
The three companies paid for fixing the rear fog lamp, and repair of rear bumper are Neat Panel beaters ($11 341.00); Jorem Panel beaters ($13,035,00) and Hitco Engineering ($118,630,00) for fixing the same bumper, grillle, rear bumper lamps.
Other jobs done included spare wheel cover and attending to air conditioning.