chombo ignatius 3 25-08-10.jpgLocal Government, Rural and Urban Development Minister, Dr Ignatius Chombo says a meeting is expected to be held this week with officials from the City of Harare to put an end the debate surrounding their decision to grant Easihold, a South African company, a tender to manage the parking of cars in the city center.

Responding to concerns raised by the youth movement and other stakeholders on the Easipark tender that violated indigenisation regulations, Dr Chombo said government has directed the Harare City Council to go back to the drawing board.

Dr Chombo also directed Harare City Council to ensure that critical services are provided to the people without fail especially water which he said should be cheaper than the current rates being charged.

Youth organisations have opposed the City Council Easipark deal pointing out that council should amend its by-laws to suit the current legal dispensation embracing the tenets of the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act.

They have also demanded a comprehensive suspension of payments to Easipark by motorists with immediate effect until an indigenous company is contracted.