Harare City has received 12 of the 27 refuse trucks that were tendered from a local company in a bid to improve refuse collection. Council spokesperson Mr Leslie Gwindi said Paza Buster delivered five trucks and the company will deliver the refuse trucks in batches.
"I can confirm that we have been receiving refuse trucks that were tendered from the company. Though I am not sure as to how many have been delivered to date, I can say we have been receiving the vehicles in batches.
"I am sure we received five trucks before Christmas. I don't know if they have delivered another batch during the Christmas period," he said.
Council has tendered for the supply of 27 refuse trucks from Paza Buster. This would see the number increase to 47 refuse compactors to ensure each of the city's 46 wards has a truck.
Paza Buster spokesperson Mr Paul Chenjerai said his company had so far delivered 12 of the 27 trucks to the city.
"The vehicles are already with the city. They are already collecting garbage. We are moving to fulfill the tender in the shortest time possible," he said.
Mr Chenjerai said they had failed to deliver the trucks by the December 31 deadline because of delays in the council completing the tender.
The tender was only released towards the end August this year.
"Mind you these are special vehicles manufactured abroad and per order. This has affected the delivery of the trucks to the city council," he said.
The city is also buying four skip trucks from Croco Motors.