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Nssa seeks procedure exemption

THE National Social Security Authority (Nssa) is pushing for greater latitude on state procurement regulations and strict municipal by-laws pertaining to property development as it seeks to expedite its real estate initiatives.

Report by Herbert Moyo

Impeccable sources from both Nssa and the Ministry of State Enterprises and Parastatals this week told the Zimbabwe Independent Nssa officials made representations to State Enterprises minister Gorden Moyo seeking a review of the procurement law which it considers to be bureaucratic while hampering its effectiveness.

“They (Nssa) highlighted to Moyo that procurement laws and by-laws are slowing down implementation of development projects such as servicing of stands, houses, shopping malls and other projects,” said a ministry source.

“Nssa is therefore requesting exemption from the current State Procurement Board (SPB) procedures. An arrangement such as that of local authorities is preferred, that is internal tender regulations.”

Contacted for comment, Nssa general manager James Matiza said the SPB was often slow in dealing with bids submitted by the authority making to impossible for Nssa to commence operations in developing properties.

He also called for the relaxation of council by-laws that compel housing stands to be developed within an 18-month period, saying they are unrealistic and severely hampered the authority’s efforts to assist in the provision of housing.

“Yes we held a meeting between Nssa and the State Enterprises ministry where they sought to understand the delays in Nssa’s commitment to developing housing stands we bought in various municipalities from Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare and Masvingo,” said Matiza.

He said Nssa had crafted a 10-year housing development plan in which it hoped to build houses in different municipalities.

However, this had become impossible to fulfill because local authorities, who wanted them to build simultaneously in all the municipalities within a strict 18-month timeframe, had repossessed their stands.

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