Mash West Bureau
CONTROVERSIAL Chinhoyi Deputy Mayor Councillor Derrick Matapura has been fingered in illicit deals around the town, among them operating his business at undesignated premises, a move which council admitted to being aware of. The illicit deal was unmasked on Wednesday at a stakeholders meeting between council and the business community, where a man accused the local authority of covering up for Cllr Matapura, whose carwash business has been polluting a golf course for nearly two years.
Cllr Matapura’s carwash business operates from an undesignated place near Econet Building in the Central Business District of the town. Chinhoyi acting public relations officer Mr Tichaona Mlauzi admitted that council was aware of the operation and said necessary measures were being taken to stop him. Chinhoyi Council senior development officer Mr Tendai Mukuruva also said council was aware of the issue and necessary measures were being put in place to resolve the issue.
“We know the place you are talking about, it is being dealt with by the planning department. Last week we also sent eviction letters to all the people operating at undesignated places including those doing tyre mending,” he said.
Cllr Matapura came under fire last year for assaulting a hapless man in a video that went viral on social media. He allegedly admitted that he had a confrontation with the man, but dismissed the video alleging that it was doctored, as some incidents were edited out. Mr Mlauzi also said council had launched a blitz on all business operators in the town who were still to spruce up their premises as part of council’s plans to attain city status by next year.