By Staff Reporter
Marondera residents have raised concern at seemingly inflated prices of purchasing fire jackets and t-shirts by their Council.
In the proposed 2022 budget, the Municipality of Marondera wrote that they will be buying fire jackets at US$64 each while plain t-shirts are pegged at US$10 each.
The budget consultations are currently underway.
Marondera Urban Business Forum (MUBF) director Emmanuel Danha said council should reduce the prices for the goods as they are highly inflated.
“At the previous stakeholders budget meeting we had requested all Head Of Departments (HOD) to avail themselves at the next consultative meeting to explain and defend their votes and proposal in the budget.
“This is after we had queried the huge variance in price or quotations increase on most items on the budget paper.
“For example firefighters jackets are quoted at ZWL$6400 or US$64 each, they also pegged plain white T-shirts at almost $10usd each.
“We all know that these are US$1 or US$2 at most.
“The other shocking discovery is that the Engineering department proposed to hire a bulldozer or grader at rates above ZWL28 000 per hour.
“That is ridiculous,” he said.
Management Playing Hide and Seek
In the past consultative meeting, some residents association leaders walked out in protests after HOD officials among them the Finance Director John Kachingwe failed to turn up.
“We are dealing with council officials who are arrogant to the extent of evading attending budget meetings.
“We will not allow them to bully ratepayers through imposing the 153 percent annual budget hike.
“There has to be a consensus,” added Danha.