City of Mutare has acquired four semi-utility vehicles in a move that will increase service delivery and enhance revenue collection efficiency.
The vehicles worth $170.000.00 were purchased by Pungwe Breweries as part of the loan repayment.
in handing over the vehicles to City of Mutare Mayor and Management, Pungwe Breweries Board Chairman Councillor Kudakwashe Chisango said it was pleasing to note that the loan repayment programme was now being implemented.
"We have had sleepless nights after being bailed with close to $500.000.00 loan facility that was injected to breathe life into the operations of Pungwe Breweries.
There was a lot of speculation with regards the repayment of the loan, but today history has been made, as this marks the first steps of clearing our debt, which we incurred over the years," noted the Pungwe Board Chairman.
He assured the Mutare City Management that they shall reap more dividends in 2019 as Pungwe management and board members are determined to clear the debt and the help the local authority in scaling up service delivery.
"This is just the beginning, over the years we has buried our heads in the sand because the loan has been affecting us. What a relief to us and what we have just done has given us more energy to work hard and ensure that we settle our debt.
The Mayor for for the City of Mutare Councillor Blessing Tandi said with such recapitalisation taking shape, the local authority was destined to improved service delivery.
"We anticipate quick response to sewer burst, water bursts, and above all, we want to see improved revenue collection efficiency, now that we have additional vehicles.
Council is slowly rebuilding its capacity to tackle head on challenges that affect service delivery and we want to see a major difference now that we have new additions in our fleet," said Mayor Tandi.
The Town Clerk for City of Mutare Mr Joshua Maligwa, said the coming in of the new utility vehicles comes hardly on the heels of the arrival of backhoe loader, a development which he said pointed to a better 2019.
"What has been achieved within a short space time speaks volume to the commitment of the new administration to turn around the situation at Civic Centre. Having ended 2018 on a good note, commissioning three new refuse trucks and four utility vehicles, that has set the pace to a promising 2019," he revealed.