Community, corporate world assist council

Private citizens and the Insurance Council of Zimbabwe (ICZ) have donated two ambulances and five fire tenders to the city of Harare in a bid to capacitate the ailing emergency department.

Broken down, two City of Harare ambulances standing on jakes
Broken down, two City of Harare ambulances standing on jakes

The members, who prefer to remain anonymous , joined up with ICZ to donate Toyota and Nissan vans to be used as ambulances in response to Glen View Councillor Tonderai Chakeredza’s recdent appeal highlighting the shortage of ambulances in the city.

Out of its fleet of 24 ambulances only four are functional. Glen View Clinic also received a generator from Glenview South Constituency Development Committee to assist with storage of medicines and vaccines during power outages.

A recent tour by councillors of the emergency department fire brigade stations revealed that the department was under-capacitated and there is great need to look into the welfare of the emergency staff.

This prompted the human capital and public safety director to extend a begging bowl to the executive board of directors of ICZ on the state of the city’s fire brigade culminating in the five fire tenders donation.

“The five second-hand fire tenders were bought in the United Kingdom and shipped to Walvis Bay in Namibia. City of Harare was then required to pay for the clearance of the equipment as well as travelling expenses to bring the fire engines to Harare at a total cost of $10,500,” read part of the latest council minutes.

Meanwhile councillors refused the request by management to re-appoint fixed term contracts for one retired assistant chief fire officer, two retired divisional officers and one retired assistant divisional officer on the basis that there was no proper succession planning.

“There is poor succession system in council due to senior officials’ Handiyende (I won’t go) Attitude, so there is no reason why we should accept them back,” said finance committee chairperson, Trainos Moyo.

“Let them go, where they were when big people died in an inferno at a Beatrice farm with their experience?” questioned Ward 38 Councillor Wilton Janjazi.

Acting Town Clerk Josephine Ncube reminded councillors that there was need to have experienced officers in case of complicated fire outbreaks.

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