CHIVHU – A requirement for Liebenberg High to pay $33 000 in levy to Zimra for a school bus they bought last year has caused bitter division among parents and the School Development Committee.
Parents were made to understand that the school was exempted from paying levy but the matter emerged after the delivery of the bus.
A stormy meeting at the school on Monday saw parents voting out some SDC members who did not attend the make-or-break meeting accusing them of lack of commitment to seeing the levy scrapped.
A few parents said the levy should be paid while the rest were adamant that they would not pay because of the current difficult economic conditions. The bus was purchased at $135 000 including VAT and the duty cost a further $33 000.
SDC Chairman Makoni Goredema confirmed the dispute and said parents have barred committee members who did not attend the crucial meeting from any future involvement in SDC issues.
Chikomba District Schools Inspector Emmanuel Kwenda however, told The Mirror that the matter had since been resolved and the school would not be required to pay the duty anymore.
He said that there were 28 schools that received such an exemption last year and Liebenberg was one of them.
He however, said the matter was resolved following representations to the local MP Mike Bimha, the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Lazarus Dokora and the Minister of Finance, Patrick Chinamasa.
Parents argued in the meeting that many of them were failing to pay school fees for their children and it was therefore almost impossible to raise money for bus levy.