Marondera Municipality has entered into another million-dollar land deal with Voedsel Tobacco Auction floor, barely five months after entering into yet another similar deal with Harare-based food and beverages provider, Mega Market Pvt Ltd.
The municipality has formally agreed to release 3.6 hectares of land worth over US$1 million to Voedsel.
Marondera mayor, Cllr. Simbarashe Nyahuye confirmed the latest development in an interview with Marondera Open Council.
“Yes, I can confirm that as Marondera municipality, we have entered into an agreement with Voedsel Tobacco Auction floor to sell them 3.6 hectares of land in Marondera,” he said.
He said due processes were followed before coming to an agreement with the tobacco auction company.
“We offered them land after they applied to us.
Firstly, we wanted to establish their suitability to bet the 10 hectares that they had applied for, so they took us to Karoi where they have other business concerns similar to the one they are setting up in Marondera,” added Cllr Nyahuye.
He said after touring the Karoi premises, Marondera municipality officials were satisfied with what they saw before releasing the land.
Cllr Nyahuye said that after realising that the type of business they had applied for is ideal for the industrial area, they then offered them part of the land in Marondera’s industrial area, whilst the remainder will be allocated in Hunyani area.
Deal Confirmed in Public
In a public notice released by the municipality of Marondera, acting Town Clerk, Rinashe Nyamuzihwa notified the public that the Municipality of Marondera intends to sale Stand 7747 Longlands Township measuring 3.6 Hectares to VOEDSEL Private Limited for the establishment of a Tobacco Auction floor.
Late last year, Marondera Municipality entered into another similar deal worth US$2.7 million with Mega Market Pvt Ltd, a food and beverages company based in Harare whereby the local authority released 150 hectares of land in exchange of cars and other equipment.
Mega Market Pvt Ltd has already supplied some of the property which includes, eight top of the range Toyota Hilux double cab trucks, a motorised grader, and a 7-tonne truck.
The company is yet to deliver the outstanding equipment which according to the Mayor includes; two ambulances, three tipper trucks, a refuse compactor, a Quantum minibus, a front end loader, two by 7tonne trucks and three tractors.
Other vehicles on the list include a back hoe loader, two by 7-tonne trailers, a fire tender, five motor bikes, three canopies, two fuel pumps.
Council will also be given 12 skip bins, a jumping jack, a road marker, four NP 300 trucks, a compressor, a towing vehicle, a heavy duty printer, a high speed scanner, a plotter, and a forklift.