By Staff Reporter
The Minister of State for Midlands Province, Senator Larry Mavhima today officially commissioned the unveiling of 2 brand new refuse compactors for the beleagured Midlands capital.The trucks were bought with Government assistance in a bid to ease the refuse collection debacle which has plagued the city for decades.
Gweru City Council procured the trucks at a total cost of $700 000 through Croco Motors.One is pending delivery by a different contractor.
Speaking at the official handover ceremony Senator Mavhima said refuse collection in the city should become a bit easier with the addition of the new trucks.He stated that it had not been easy to get the trucks due to the foreign currency shortages in the country. Mavhima said “procurement of these trucks was not easy but through close co-operation between local authorities and Central Government scarce USD$ were released to purchase these trucks”
Gweru City Council has been relying on a depleted and unreliable fleet of old trucks which frequently broke down leaving residents without refuse collected for months on end forcing the council to sometimes engage private collectors.
Speaking on the same occassion Gweru Mayor Councillor Joseph Makombe said Gweru had relied on old 20 year old vehicles and when his council took over there were only 3 servicing the whole city.He said these constantly broke down.
Makombe said inflation had caused delays in the procurement process and caused the prices of the vehicles to skyrocket from an initial budget of $322 000 to the final $700 000.