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    Chiredzi Town Council ‘misuses’ funds for stands development

    MORRIS BISHI/
    DUMISANI CHAUKE
    CHIREDZI BUREAU

    CHIREDZI – Chiredzi Town Council has confirmed that it diverted funds it collected from home seekers for the servicing of 2 000 stands at Makondo Extension hence the new suburb has remained unserviced for the last 8 years.
    Eyebrows were raised this week when the local authority sought approval from the Ministry of Local Government to borrow $2,5m to service the same stands after collecting $900 as service fees from each of the 2 000 beneficiaries.
    Chiredzi Residents and Ratepayers Association Chairman Jonathan Muusha Mupamombe called for an investigation into the matter after alleging that something was fishy. He said some of the stands council is claiming to have serviced in the low density area were serviced by Shine Plus. 
    Makondo Extension remains without critical services like roads and people are using septic tanks since there is no sewer system. Water in the suburb is being supplied courtesy of the intervention by UNICEF.
    The Town Engineer who is also acting Town Secretary, Wesley Kauma confirmed the situation to The Mirror and said the funds raised from beneficiaries of stands as service fees were diverted to other projects, hoping that they would be replaced.
    He said council no longer has money to service Makondo Extension hence the need to borrow.
    Engineer Kauma said the receipts from Makondo were redirected to other housing projects in the town including the low density area where servicing was done. He said $1,2m is needed for roads while $900 000 is needed for sewer system at Makondo.
    The stands were issued by an MDCT led council in 2009 with service charges pegged at $500 but the Zanu PF led council which came in 2013 ordered beneficiaries to pay $900 as service charges per stand but since completion of payment there are no critical services. 
    "We need to service Makondo Extension but we don't have cash. The beneficiaries of the scheme paid $900 each as service charges and most of them are paid up. Council diverted the money to other projects in the town like the low density where the beneficiaries never paid service charges.
    "We failed to recover the money from those projects so we are faced with a challenge to service Makondo that's why we have approached Government with various options. We need $1,2m for roads while $900 000 is needed for sewer in Makondo only" said Kauma.
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