Government challenges local authorities to improve revenue streams

By Mthokozisi Dube

Government has challenged local authorities to complement government’s devolution agenda by tapping into other revenue streams.

devolution trajectory has seen local authorities directing their energy towards implementing life-changing developmental projects.

This has however seen them neglecting other revenue streams to boost their operations.      

Speaking during his second leg of the monitoring and evaluation of devolution projects, Midlands Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution Senator Larry Mavima urged Runde Rural District Council to look for other revenue streams.

“I am pleased with how the local authority has been spending devolution funds, but as the Second Republic we are saying let Runde increase its revenue collection while pursuing devolution programmes,” he said.                               

With the local authority implementing the Marira Piped Water Scheme, constructing Chirere Clinic and refurbishing roads under the emergency road rehabilitation programme, traditional leaders say the devolution agenda has set vision 2030 in motion.

Runde Rural District Council has received 27 million Zimbabwean dollars for the emergency road rehabilitation programme and 28 million Zimbabwe dollars under devolution, with the local authority’s chairperson Mavis Mahuvava upbeat the projects will be completed before the end of the year.

Government is implementing the devolution programme as a way of improving lives of ordinary citizens across the country.                                  

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