GOVERNMENT and the Harare Commission are dragging their feet over giving the green light for the completion of Kuwadzana library by refusing to grant Nel
son Chamisa, MP for Kuwadzana, permission to complete the project that was started over a decade ago.
“Since June 2004 I have been holding talks with the responsible authorities in connection with the library and they promised to look into the issue but now the building is collapsing without being used,” said Chamisa.
The Zimbabwe Independent gathered that last year Chamisa sourced funds amounting to $2 billion from donors to complete the structure.
“The money I sourced is for the electrification of the library and also to redo the ceiling and roofing which I’m told failed to reach the council’s specifications,” said Chamisa.
“My worry is that the money is losing value every day without being used. I have books which were donated by various organisations for the library and certain individuals have pledged to donate computers as soon as it is officially opened.”
According to documents made available to the Independent, Chamisa met with Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo on May 3 to resolve the issue.
Harare City Council public relations officer, Madenyika Magwenjere, told the Independent that Chombo referred Chamisa to the commission since it was a city project.
“Chamisa has been coming to Town House several times to discuss his intentions of helping the council with funds to complete the library but the issue has not been discussed by the commission because the MP has not given us any written document with his proposals,” Mangwenjere said
He also said the government had other plans for the building.
“Zimpost approached us with their proposal of buying that building to use it for postal services. We still have to look into this issue,” Magwenjere said
But Magwenjere admitted that Chamisa was the first one to approach them before Zimpost and the council is yet to decide on the issue.