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    Outcry as Chikomba RDC buys $55 000 vehicle for CEO


    – There is an outcry by residents of Chikomba after the local rural district council which is battling to pay salaries for its workers procured a $55 000 luxury twin cab for its chief executive officer Luckson Mutara.
    The Toyota B4B double cab was delivered a few days ago and residents are worried of plans to buy yet another vehicle (similar) are afoot to buy a similar car for the council chairman, Alderman Pardon Mudzimu.
    Sources told The Mirror that what is even more worrying is that workers at Chikomba RDC are currently receiving half-salaries because council is broke.
    Council chairman Mudzimu confirmed the delivery of the vehicle but insisted that it was just a council pool car which will not be exclusively used by the CEO.
    "We have bought a car which will be used specifically for administrative purposes, the car is not specifically bought for the CEO. We made a resolution to buy a vehicle and a tender body made up of executives is responsible for negotiating in prices," prices he said.
    Fuming Chikomba residents who contacted The Mirror accused senior officials of enriching themselves through luxurious acquisitions of cars at the expense of service delivery.
    Some sources at council however, told The Mirror that Chikomba CEO was the only one among council CEOs in the country who did not have an all-terrain double cab. They said it was part of his contract to drive such a car.
    An analyst who also spoke to The Mirror differed and said councils must spend according to their means. He said it is illogical for a council to buy luxury cars when service delivery has collapsed and workers can hardly get their salaries.
    "The President of Zimbabwe does not have a personal jet although Presidents all over the world enjoy such facilities. This is because there is sober thinking in our Government that a jet is not a priority in a small economy like ours," said an analyst.
    "Chikomba RDC senior officials are misusing funds by purchasing expensive, cars when their services are poor. They are failing to take small responsibilities for instance, to clear the tall grasses and trees at the Chivhu cemetry," complained residents.
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