9 years on, city floats Mbare Musika tender

Godfrey Marawanyika

THE Harare City Council has floated another multi-billion tender for the construction of Mbare Musika bus terminus, nine years after the first tender was given to another firm. <
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In 1995, Harare council awarded a tender for the construction of the bus terminus to Machipisa Brothers after bids were invited for the second time.


The tender had initially been awarded to Golden Wheels, from whom it was withdrawn after councillors ruled that the company did not have enough resources for the project.


Last week, the city council floated another tender in which it asked bidders to tackle major planning and environmental challenges that will offer long-term solution to the problems bewildering Mbare Musika.


“At the same time, the end product should provide an efficient transport interchange for the thousands of people who use it,” council said in the tender invitation.


“That the existing terminus could no longer cope with the situation on the ground was evidenced a few years ago, and the city had to make temporary provision. One such provision was the construction of the temporary terminus east of the existing one. This was just a short-term measure,” it said.


The withdrawal of the tender from Golden Wheels in the mid-1990s resulted in a protracted legal wrangle that was only resolved in 2002.

During all this time the project was dormant.


Observers say the project could still be delayed because there was no provision for it in this year’s budget, which the residents rejected.

Under the previous agreement with the Machipisa Brothers, the developer was supposed to provide alternative accommodation for families that would be displaced by the construction work.


The developer was also supposed to meet all compensatory requirements for the affected families.