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July Moyo restores Nguwaya’s Pomona contract a day after cancellation by city council

U-TURN: Minister July Moyo drops Pamona deal as HC digs in

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Minister July Moyo has moved in to restore the armed-robbery-enlist Delish Nguwaya’s Pomona contract, saying of the Harare City Council which cancelled it, “a lower organ cannot violate the principle of subsidiarity.”

In his statement, the minister falsely claimed the Zimbabwe Investment Development Agency authorised the deal to go ahead, when the facts are that ZIDA has always opposed the untendered contract and it was only passed through after the sudden death of the ZIDA Director, Douglas Munatsi. July Moyo said:

We understand that, on 2nd June 2022, a resolution was passed by Harare City Councillors, led by Councillor J. Mafume to suspend the Pomona Waste to Energy Joint Venture Agreement between the City of Harare and the investor, Geogenix B.V. It is surprising that Councillors went ahead to deliberate on the matter and some members in the City and the Ministry are being sued. We wonder why the Chamber Secretary and a lawyer would proceed to make such a decision. With respect to the project, we wish to advise that all procedures were followed. The City and the investor agreed on terms as to how to execute the joint venture while the investment appraisal was done by the Zimbabwe Investment Development Agency (ZIDA) and also recommended to the Joint Venture Committee. All the recommendations from this process went to Cabinet, which is the highest executive authority, for approval and a lower organ cannot violate the principle of subsidiarity. Following Cabinet’s approval, the joint venture agreement was closely analysed by Government lawyers, including the Attorney General’s office before it was signed. The waste management project, amongst other benefits, will create employment, generate power and assist in refuse management. Government wishes to advise that, in consummating this transaction, rigorous processes to ensure that Council and the country at large derive maximum benefits were undertaken. It is confounding that a group of councillors have decided to, once again, appraise this project and in the process causing needless delays and, with it, the risk of jeopardising investor appetite. We condemn this conduct which amounts to cheap political grandstanding at the expense of the country and it is therefore necessary to state that the project will not be stopped unless done so by judicial action.

‘Pomona waste management project irreversible’ July Moyo declares

The Pomona waste management project is irreversible and is set to create hundreds of jobs, generate power and assist in the refuse management of the capital, a cabinet minister has said.In a statement released yesterday, the Minister of Local Government and Public Works, July Moyo, said the project was above board and warned some rogue Harare City councillors against cheap politicking and unnecessary bickering which he said had potential to kill investor appetite.

The Pomona project which will include the construction of various facilities with technologies and installations is dimensioned to improve the waste management and subsequently improve Harare citizens’ quality of life.

“The waste management project, amongst other benefits, will create employment, generate power, and assist in refuse management. Government wishes to advise that, in consummating the transaction, rigorous processes to ensure that Council and the country at large derive maximum benefits were undertaken.

“It is confounding that a group of councillors have decided to once again appraise this project and in the process causing needless delays and, with it, the risk of jeopardising investor appetite.

“We condemn this conduct which amounts to cheap political grandstanding at the expense of the country and it is therefore necessary to state that project will not be stopped unless done so by judicial action.”

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