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Harare Appoints Special Investigation Committee On Pomona Deal

The City of Harare has appointed a Special Investigation Committee to look into the Pomona Waste to Energy project or agreement.

In a public notice, the Harare Acting Town Clerk said members of the public who wish to make submissions on the project should contact the chairperson of the Special Investigation Committee, Councillor Ian Makone. Reads the notice:

Council appointed a Special Investigation Committee to look into the Pomona Waste to Energy project or agreement.

The committee has started its work and is inviting members of the public who would like to make submissions on the matter.

Those who are interested should get in touch with the Chairperson of the Special Investigation Committee Councillor Ian Makone on:+263773 020 726.

The US$344 million Pomona waste-to-energy deal has been widely criticised by residents and opposition CCC councillors.

The deal between Harare City Council and Geogenix BV is said to be a Build Operate Transfer agreement.

The contract signed between Harare City Council and Geogenix BV stipulates that the former will pay the latter US$40 per tonne of waste delivered.

The stipulated daily delivery is at least 550 tonnes or a minimum of 200 750 tonnes per year – translating to US$8.03 million for the company in the first year.

By the second year, the daily tonnage will rise to 650; going up to 750 in the third year; 850 in the fourth year and 1,000 tonnes per day at the start of the fifth year.

This means that the City of Harare will pay Geogenix BV a minimum of US$14.6 million annually starting in 2027 until 2052.

Should Harare fail to meet the minimum waste quantities, the city will still be invoiced as though it made the deliveries.

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