Town clerk vehicle service bill raises eyebrows

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.

First to be paid $11,341,00 on May 14 was Neat Panel beaters.

According to documents in possession of this publication, Neat Panel beaters was allegedly paid for fixing the rear fog lamp, and repair of rear bumper under reference number 01OISTC20135001.

On June 5, Jorem Panel beaters was allegedly paid $13,035,00 fixing the same rear bumper under reference number 010ISTC201570507.

Lastly, Hitco Engineering was allegedly paid $118,630,00 on August 8 for fixing the same bumper, grillle, rear bumper lamps.

Other jobs done included spare wheel cover and attending to air conditioning.

Mayor Councillor Josiah Makombe said council was looking into the matter since it was not possible that a rear bumper of one vehicle could be fixed at the same time by three different companies.

Clr Makombe said management runs the daily business and councillors are not aware of some of the issues.

“We have a situation where as councillors we might not be aware of the daily occurrences at the town house. This is one of the cases and we are looking into it,” he said.

Contacted for comment, Mr Chikwekwe said council had engaged debt collectors to recover the money.

He said the payments were made unfortunately to the three companies when one had done the job.

Mr Chikwekwe said there was some form of miscommunication between departments leading to the payment to two other companies which had not done the job.

“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,” he said.

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