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of the Portfolio Committee on Local Government, Rural and Urban
Development on service delivery by the local authorities of Gutu
May 30, 2012
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As part of its
mandate on the Administration of the Ministry the Committee conducted
fact-finding tours to Gutu Rural District Council and the Chiredzi
Town Council. The visits were prompted by written submissions to
your Committee on allegations of maladministration within the Gutu
Rural District Council.
were that the residents of Gutu are supplied with water at very
unfair rates by the Rural District Council. ZINWA which also supplied
water was said to be charging fifty cents per cubic metre.
Six of the residential
areas in the Gutu Rural District Council received water from ZINWA
through the Rural District Council. Such water supplies were charged
at a commercial rate of one hundred and eight cents per cubic metre.
The Council would then add twenty percent administration fee and
a further fifteen percent for Value Added Tax forcing residents
to pay as much as one hundred and sixty eight cents. Residents felt
that there was no need to add VAT on water for domestic use. Other
Local Authorities like Mutare, Chiredzi and Masvingo were paying
between 21 cents and 22 cents per cubic metre. Such high rates it
was alleged had led to high numbers of defaulters within the District
Council as residents could not the costs. Supplies were being terminated
as a result.
were on the flouting of tender procedures on goods procured, Council
cash that was not banked but kept at an officer's residence, irregular
and shady deals in the allocation of stands, fleecing of the Council
by some debt collectors, flouting of employment procedures, political
partisanship in the operations of the Council, failure to fill critical
vacant posts over a long period of time, false travel and subsistence
claims, failure to service stands yet prospective owners would have
paid the requisite service charges.
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