The Municipality of Marondera was recently reimbursed US$200 000 by a Harare-based car dealer after it emerged that two of the five vehicles they had purchased from the company were second-hand cars.
This information is contained in the recent Full Council meeting held at the council chambers in Marondera.
The minutes revealed that Chamber Secretary Rinashe Nyamuzihwa together with the council lawyers handled the matter leading to the signing of a Deed of Settlement between the two parties and the subsequent reimbursement of the money.
Nyamuzihwa told the meeting that the vehicle dealer, Solution Motors paid the money with an interest at a rate prescribed in the Interest Rates Act before the two NP300 vehicles were sent back to the supplier.
Councillor Dominic Matangira said that Marondera Municipality erred in the first place by purchasing the vehicles from Solution Motors, as reputable car dealers such as Amalgamated Motor Corporation (AMC) or Croco Motors could have supplied brand new cars at US$200 000.
“However, the chamber secretary said when the advert was flighted in the newspaper, Solution Motors had the cheapest price,” said the minutes.
Meanwhile, the chamber secretary also indicated that Marondera Municipality has since approached the Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe with a proposal to blacklist Solution Motors barring all urban councils to stop doing business with them over their unprofessional conduct.
Misheck Manyere, Chairperson of the Works and Environmental Management committee was of the view that the reimbursed money should be channelled towards the procurement of brand new vehicles from reputable car dealers or buying motorbikes for commonage patrols.