Local Government and Public Works Minister July Moyo has directed local government authorities to purchase fire trucks from Belarus. In a circular seen by Pindula News, Moyo told all town clerks, secretaries and chief executive officers that the government of Zimbabwe made a deal with the government of Belarus. Reads the circular:
Ref: 14 June 2022 All Town Clerks/Town Secretaries/Chief Executive Officers
RE: PROCUREMENT OF FIRE TENDERS FROM BELARUS ON BEHALF OF LOCAL AUTHORITIES
Reference is made to the above
In d bid to alleviate capital equipment shortages in Local Authorities, the Government of Zimbabwe will procure fire tenders from Belarus on a Government to Government agreement. Each Rural Local Authority will get one fire tender. Urban Local Authorities will get two and a Metropolitan Local Authority will get three fire tenders. The funds to procure the equipment will be deducted from the 2022 Devolution Allocations and will be done over a period of twelve months starting March 2022. The cost of each fire tender is USD 464 296. It is therefore advisable for Local Authorities to reprioritise the Devolution Funds to accommodate the cost of the fire tenders.
Please note that the date of delivery will be advised in due course. Find attached the total cost of the equipment and payment done so far.
While the cost if fire tenders vary due to a number of factors, some full-size fire trucks and fire engines on Ebay cost under $20 000 while The Falcon 8×8, the World’s largest firetruck costs about $1.1 Million.