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Harare City Council yesterday appointed a five member special committee to investigate the purchase of 25 luxurious vehicles using funds from the $144,4 million loan from China.

The loan is specifically for a water and sewerage reticulation project. Harare Mayor Mr Bernard Manyenyeni announced the five member committee at a special council meeting convened at Town House following a resolution to investigate allegations of gross abuse of funds borrowed from China.

The appointment of the committee was in accordance with the Urban Councils Act (Chapter 29:15), which empowers the mayor to appoint two councillors and three outsiders to investigate matters.

The investigators are deputy mayor Mr Thomas Musarurwa Muzuva, who is also councillor for Ward 14 Kambuzuma, Greendale councillor Mr Stewart Musarurwa Mutizwa, who will chair the committee, Mr Gabriel Chipara an accountant, business consultant and motivational trainer, who has been involved in a number of managerial and consulting work in and outside Zimbabwe.

The other two are lawyer Mr Tendai Tato, who has been involved with a number of institutions, including the international Commission of Jurists and Engineer Richard Massdrop, a highly experienced civil engineer.

The three non-council members would get a once-off $6 000 payment each, while the two councillors will be paid $1 500 each for the investigative work expected to be completed within 21 days.

Mr Manyenyeni said council was concerned with the manner in which the project was being handled and also with the way the vehicles were procured.

He said the committee would have 21 days to complete investigations and make recommendations to council. “By Friday the committee should have their first meeting,” Mr Manyenyeni said.

Source : The Herald