Masvingo council cars under the hammer
MASVINGO – About 43 vehicles belonging to the beleaguered Masvingo City Council will go under the hammer next Wednesday, the local deputy sheriff has said.
The first batch of cars was attached last year while more were attached last week after the city council lost a $3,5 million salary dispute against workers at the Labour Court.
The deputy sheriff yesterday ran a notice in a local weekly inviting the residents to a public auction at their offices in the city centre.
Among the vehicles are top-of-the-range cars for council directors and the mayoral Mercedes Benz.
Other service vehicles include trucks used in road maintenance and construction, refuse trucks and several Nissan twin cabs for departmental heads, earth moving graders, concrete mixer vehicles and front end loaders.
The auction will be held at the deputy sheriff’s offices and the city council municipal workshop.
But Masvingo mayor Femias Chakabuda was defiant and said the deputy sheriff had no legal basis to conduct the auction as the case was still before the courts.
“They do not have the right to auction the property because our case is still in the courts. We are still waiting to hear from the courts,” he said.
The sale of the vehicles and other council property could cripple operations of the already troubled council, which has been facing service delivery challenges.
Services like road maintenance, refuse collection and water distribution could be compromised due to the on-going crisis. – Godfrey Mtimba