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RESIDENTS FIGHT GOVT OVER DEVOLUTION FUNDS FOR POMONA newsdzeZimbabweNewsdzeZimbabwe

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HARARE residents have filed an urgent High Court
application seeking an order barring Local Government minister July Moyo from
using devolution funds to pay Geogenix BV for the controversial Pomona waste
management deal.

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 the contracted
Netherlands’ based company for the next 30 years.

However, the City of Harare has refused to pay for the
ballooning Pomona debt.

The government has been putting pressure on the local
authority to pay the debt resulting in the two parties  agreeing that the state will use the city’s
devolution funds to settle the amount prompting the lawsuit by the Combined
Harare Residents Association (CHRA).

CHRA filed an urgent application on Thursday seeking an
order setting aside the agreement to use the city’s devolution funds to pay
Georgenix.

They are represented by Archford Rutanhira and Evans Moyo
of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR).

They cited the Local Government ministry,  City of Harare, and Finance and Economic
Development ministry, and Georgenix BV as respondents.

“The first, second and third respondents are hereby barred
and interdicted from disbursing devolution funds  for settlement of financial obligations
arising from enforcement of the contract titled Pomona Waste Energy pending
determination of the application under the case number HC2766/22 and availing a
report prepared by the second respondent special committee,” reads the court
papers.

Moyo on July 7, 2022 also gave a directive to the Harare
City Council to use the devolution funds to pay Georgenix

Council’s debt to Georgenix 
is almost US$2 million after the local authority refused to pay for the past
two months.

The agreement compels the local authority to pay a daily
US$22 000 bill whether it dumps waste or not.

The figure will be doubled after 12 months. Standard




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