MVUMA – All councils in the country have increased their budgets compared to last year; some by as much as four times.
It is therefore hard to believe at first that Chirumanzu Rural District Council (RDC) has proposed a budget reduction of 2,17% from $612m in 2021 to $599m the next year.
A senior council employee, Happyson Pisira confirmed to The Mirror that the local authority’s proposed budget for 2022 is lower than this year’s budget.
He said that the council was trying to come up with a realistic budget where people will be able to pay the rates. He said that there was a common problem of pegging budgets too high resulting in poor budget performance.
“The proposed budget is slightly lower than the current year’s budget because we have noted with concern that residents were finding it difficult to pay their rates resulting in poor budget performance,” said Pisira.
He said the budget will be used to improve the health service delivery system, education, water and sanitation. In particular money generated from the budget will be used to complete unfinished projects in that sector, he said.
“It is a programme based budget with a bias towards enhancing service delivery. We want to use the budget to complete Chimbindi, Mudzengi, Musena clinics, Fedean Primary School, Hillview Primary School, Mvuma stadium and construct a secondary school in Mvuma as well as another clinic in Mazvimba Ward 20,” he said.
The local authority received $251 million devolution funds for the year 2021 and is expecting $313 million for the same person next year.
Chirumanzu was accorded town status this year making it the 7th town in the Midlands Province after Zvishavane, Shurugwi, Gweru, Kwekwe, Redcliff and Gokwe.
The town status came ahead of a US$ 1 billion Iron Ore mining project that is being put in place by Dinson Mining Company, a subsidiary of Tsingshan Group Holdings of China. The mine will be located a few kilometres from Mvuma.