GWERU – The Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing July Moyo has approved Vungu Rural District Council (RDC)’s $1.1 billion budget.
Vungu RDC Chief Executive Officer Alex Magura confirmed the news to The Mirror.
“I am glad to inform the public that our 2022 annual budget has been approved. Our total budget for this fiscal year is RTGS $1,12 billion. Last year our budget was pegged at $460 million which means the increase is 100%.
“$316 million was allocated for devolution projects while the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Projects (ERRP) was allocated $52m,” he said.
Magura said council needed a bigger allocation for roads as the damage to the road infrastructure is big.
“Most of our roads were destroyed by heavy rains and they are in very bad shapes.
“As council, we will use our council coffers to implement development and enhance efficiency in service delivery,” he said.
He said the budget performance for last year was 30% and he attributed the low performance to the Covid-19 epidemic which restricted movement and business.
He applauded Government for the timely budget approval which he said would allow the local authority to meet project deadlines.
“We want to thank the Ministry for this timely budget approval which will help us in completing our targeted annual projects.
“We have already received $30 million for the devolution allocation and this has been channeled towards the construction of Impala Clinic.
“The Clinic is expected to serve more than 4000 villagers who are currently travelling for more than 30 km to get medical assistance at Madingane Clinic. We also intend to construct another clinic in Ward 18,” he said.
Magura said they have plans to construct a classroom block, teachers’ houses as well as drill a borehole at Lululuba Secondary School in Ward 7. https://masvingomirror.com