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Crisis Report - Issue 228
in Zimbabwe Coalition
October 10, 2013
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speaks out ahead of council budget consultations
Civic leaders based in the city of Bulawayo have advised on funding
priorities for the city council ahead of its budget consultations
earmarked for the week beginning on Monday, October 14. Speaking
ahead of the consultations, the civic leaders said the Council authorities
had to consider a number of priorities both in terms of the manner
the forthcoming consultations should be carried out and the sectors
to be funded in the next budget.
the director of Radio
Dialogue said Bulawayo should look at water provision as one
of the areas of major focus, while she also said it was important
to fund refuse collection, health and road maintenance.
likely to be calling on them to prioritise water,” Mabunda
said. “That is the biggest crisis at the moment. We are also
concerned about health, particularly with city council clinics.
“I hope that they will also look at the roads, particularly
the demarcations, they are hardly visible at night.”
a civic leader in the city said council should now consider budgeting
in a way that looks at solving the water problems in the long haul.
want a budget that is hanging,” Dube said. “We want
a budget that is looking at the long term in terms of water.”
Dube said the
council should also budget to keep the city clean, cover potholes
on the roads which have become the “face of the city”,
ensure general maintenance of infrastructure rather than waiting
for it to break down, appreciate the need to maintain adequate street
lighting and increase stalls for people selling wares.
are areas that are now dark and dangerous to people,” Dube
said. “They also need to look at setting up new stalls for
said that the City Council should improve its communication with
residents so that they are aware of their responsibilities as consumers
issue they have to look at is public education,” Dube said.
“Maybe the city council should have a newsletter for civic
education, which also acts as their public relations face. The citizens
should be aware of their responsibilities as consumers of the services
of the city council such as that they should not waste water, or
dump litter on the streets.”
leader in the city, Rodrick Fayayo, said the forthcoming consultations
should not be approached half-heartedly, saying they “should
be done not just because they should be done, but because it is
the correct thing to do.”
council to mobilize a lot of people unlike in the past where 20
to 30 people attended,” Fayayo said. “The budget should
be ward-specific apart from looking at things that affect the whole
should look at each and every ward because Bulawayo is not a homogeneous
area. The people in the wards will then be interested in the consultations
because they will know that it is relevant to them.”
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