The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Environment, Water, Tourism and Hospitality Industry today conducted a fact finding mission to establish allegations that a fuel service station recently officially opened by the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Harare Metropolitan Province, Cde Mirriam Chikukwa was constructed on wetlands.

The fuel service station in Kambuzuma, owned by Thuli Petroleum was commissioned by the Minister Chikukwa last Friday at a function attended by officials from the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA), Harare City Council and the Environmental Management Authority (EMA).

The parliamentary portfolio committee toured the site after concerns from a local environmental pressure group that the service station was constructed on a wetland.

Documents seen and further investigations done by the ZBC News crew revealed that approval was granted by all relevant authorities including EMA, ZERA and Harare City Council hence their presence at the official opening of the service station.

Local residents indicated that the site was a murder spot and the construction of the service station has provided locals with jobs and reliable water.

Residents complained that members of the environmental pressure group, the Blue Agenda are not residents of the area and suspect that they are being influenced by other elements with the intent to settle scores. 

The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee will publish their findings in a report still yet to be compiled.

During Minister Chikukwa’s speech on the official opening ceremony of the service station on Friday, she commended the development and urged likeminded businesspeople to construct infrastructure that will make Harare a world class city again.