Harare City Council Cancels Pomona Waste-to-energy Deal

The Harare City Council has resolved to cancel the Pomona waste management deal that was imposed on the local authority by the Local Government ministry.

Jacob Mafume

Council had resolved to suspend the 30-year agreement for a month before the latest developments, The Independent reports.

The local government authority also disregarded Local Government minister July Moyo’s order that the council pays a US$1.5 million bill due to Geogenix BV for services rendered in May and June at the Pomona waste management energy plant.

Harare mayor Jacob Mafume Saturday confirmed that the local authority had cancelled the Pomona deal, saying Moyo must go to court if he was unhappy. He told The Independent:

I can confirm that we cancelled the Pomona deal. We came to this agreement in the last meeting we had,” Mafume said in an interview.

We are a council and we make our decisions. If they are unhappy they go to court. Once we make a resolution it’s binding and stands.

Last week, the Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) filed an urgent High Court application seeking an order setting aside a resolution to use the city’s devolution funds to pay Georgenix, a Netherlands-based company.

The government imposed the costly waste-to-energy deal on the City of Harare without going to tender.

Under the deal, the local authority is supposed to pay US$22 000 per day or an estimated US$1 million a month to Gegenix BV fronted by Dilesh Nguwaya for the next 30 years.

But the council refused to pay the bill after resolving to suspend the 30-year agreement.

The central government resolved that the state would use the city’s devolution funds forcing the CHRA to approach the courts.

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