Vungu RDC collects 10 percent of its 2022 budget

Sydney Mubaiwa

MIDLANDS BUREAU

GWERU – Vungu Rural District Council (RDC) which is facing a myriad of problems including a critical shortage of motor vehicles has by the end of the first quarter only collected 10% of its 2022 $1.1 billion budget, the local authority’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Alex Magura has said.

Magura told The Mirror in an exclusive interview that the shortage of vehicles is so critical that there is no car for the local authority’s officers to drive around the district collecting rates.

Last year Vungu could only collect 30% of its budget and attributed it to the Covid19 lockdown.

“Revenue collection for the first quarter of this year is on the negative side. This is mainly because we do not have adequate council vehicles to move to every part of the district billing our ratepayers.

“We encourage ratepayers to settle their bills in time as this has adversely affected our service delivery mandate,” said Magura.

He however, could not say the cumulative debts that council is owed by ratepayers. Vungu’s budget for 2021 was $460 million.

He bemoaned the allocation that Vungu receives for roads as too small and appealed to Government for more funds.

“Our roads were destroyed by floods and they are in bad shape. We need a much bigger budget for road maintenance than we are receiving now. We are appealing to Government to consider this area with a view to increasing allocation,” said Magura.https://masvingomirror.com

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