LOCAL Government Minister
Mahachi is said to have used part of the loan to buy 50 luxury vehicles, forcing the local authority to launch a probe into the expenditure.
But Chombo defended the Town Clerk on Thursday.
"You should have bought more cars actually. Use those cars or else we will allocate them to others," said the minister who also ordered Mahachi's return to work after he was suspended by council early this year. Chombo's indifference to apparent impropriety by his blue-eyed boy has infuriated rate payers who would carry the burden of repaying the loan.
Mahachi, a city bureaucrat enjoying the proverbial nine lives thanks to Chombo, is further accused of by-passing councillors to splurge on the vehicles.
But the Zanu PF minister said Mahachi acted within his responsibilities when purchasing the cars.
Chombo went on to question the professional suitability of the probe team set up to investigate Mahachi, saying a choice of engineers forming the probe team were better placed to understand the complexities of running the city.
"We have heard about the investigations and the cost involved in it; sometimes they (councillors) need to satisfy themselves but I was advising the Deputy Mayor (
The probe team comprised Muzuva, Councillor Stewart Mutizwa, a lawyer
Chombo continued: "There is no project in this country which does not have project equipment and vehicles but I think they could continue then tell us what they come up with."
The Zvimba North lawmaker, who was speaking to journalists during his Thursday tour of
Mahachi blessed himself with a spiffy Range Rover Vogue while Engineer Zvobgo and Phillip Pukwa each took delivery of Land Rover Discovery 4s.
"The Discovery was bought for three people, the others were given pick-ups; well, you make the judgment but we will wait till their investigation is over so they give us their views and thinking," Chombo said.
Other vehicles purchased involved Ford Rangers,
However, while the city bosses cruise in their latest acquisitions, angry residents took offence with the city authorities' love for luxury at the expense of service delivery.
"It is critical to realise that the power of the citizens cannot be broken by official titles," he said.
"The citizens are determined to force the council to be more accountable and transparent in the utilization of public resources."
He added: "The
The loan, extended to the beleaguered local authority by the
It is however, not the first time Chombo has protected the bungling Mahachi.
The long serving government minister, who has also been probed for land theft by the previous
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