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BCC bans 'corrupt' Harare company from any future deals

by Staff reporter
24 Nov 2019 at 18:08hrs | Views
THE Bulawayo City Council has banned a Harare-based company, City Parking, from any future deals in the second capital, as the parking management system tender continues to take new twists.

The latest move comes after City Parking refused to co-operate in a council audit investigation on allegations that it pampered four Bulawayo councillors with five-star treatment in a bid to influence the parking management system.

City Parking is a private company wholly owned by the Harare City Council which is mandated with on and off-street (parkades and parking lots) parking services in the capital.

According to a council confidential report the council's audit committee decided to bar the Harare company from any future dealings as a means of protecting the Bulawayo City Council.

Allegations against the parking management company were that they had hosted the four councillors = Sinikiwe Mutanda (ward 10), Sikhululekile Moyo (ward 17), Frank Javangwe (ward 13) and Mlandu Ncube (ward one) and gave them kickbacks in a bid to have them sway the council decision, instead awarding them with the multi-million tender.

The councillors had their hotel bills catered for by the parking management system company and were also taken on a tour of the projects managed by the company.

"To deal with the negative publicity emanating from the city parking management project which has created interest from the various stakeholders, it is prudent for the city to put the matter to rest by urgently making a decision to tender out the project to avoid accusations of lack of transparency in this matter.

"Further to protect the Bulawayo City Council, City Parking Private Limited should not be considered in any tender as the company did not co-operate in the city's investigation," reads part of the report.

In their refusal to co-operate with the council's audit team investigation, City Parking managing director Mr Simon Muzviyo blasted the hotel management where the councillors were booked in for releasing confidential details of its clients.

"Firstly, it is not honourable conduct for us to disclose to third parties our guest list unless there is compelling reasons or circumstances to do so. Secondly, in our view, it is not professional and ethical conduct for a hotel of repute to give third parties details of its clients' bookings. We shall be approaching the hotel in question to understand this queer conduct on their part.

"Thirdly, we observe that, in your letter to us, you make an assumption and I quote; ‘As you may be aware the parking project that the city intends to implement has been a topical issue . . . ', no, we are not aware of anything, we have some real difficulty understanding where you are coming from because City Parking has nothing to do, has no knowledge of, has no interest and is not involved, in any way, in a parking project concerning the City of Bulawayo," reads Mr Muzviyo's response addressed to Bulawayo Town Clerk, Mr Christopher Dube.

In the ensuing debate councillors all felt it was unhealthy for the city to deal with the Harare-based parking management systems company noting their attitude to the audit team and subsequent refusal to provide vital information to the local authority, which was going to bring to fruition to the investigations.

Source - sundaynews

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