Fuel cripples council

BY FRANCIS SIBANDA
BULAWAYO - The cash-strapped Bulawayo City Council's health department refuse collection and disposal has virtually collapsed in the face of critical shortages of fuel and spare parts.
Currently, there are 15 vehicles servicing the entire city, instead of the 27 vehicles req

uired. Ten of these are compressor-type vehicles, which usually cover the high density areas, while the five box-type vehicles service the low density areas.
Refuse collection has dwindled to only once a fortnight.
The City Council is on record for complaining that residents and Government departments owe it a huge amount of money. It has proposed a tough budget for 2007, which is awaiting approval by the Ministry of Local Government and Urban Development.

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