Relocation of project costs City $27,000

The relocation of a $5million housing project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation from Mbare to Dzivarasekwa suburb due to political violence has cost the struggling Harare City Council $27,000.

A recent HCC report notes that the budget set for sewer, water and road installations at Tsiga in Mbare was cheaper than Dzivarasekwa. The Director for Housing and Community Services reported that $245,000 was initially earmarked for sewer and water installation and roads at Tsiga.

“When the project was relocated to Dzivarasekwa the cost of the roads increased. This project has to be completed before the onset of the rains … the Project Monitoring Committee requested Council to pay for gravel, plant and equipment hire charges amounting to $27,000,” reads the report.

The Mayor, Muchadeyi Masunda, is on record saying all political parties should desist from seeking cheap political mileage from projects that are apolitical, as that might deter future sponsorship.

HCC last year received $5m of $60 billion that was raised by the Gates family for the development of communities in countries including Zimbabwe, Malawi and Angola.

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