Government has availed ZW$74,4 million in the 2019 national budget for provincial and metropolitan councils.  More resources have been set aside in the 2020 national budget to ensure that the operations of the councils are sufficiently funded.

This was announced by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in his speech as Guest of Honour at the just-ended 78th Annual Conference and Local Government investment Conference held from 13 to 15 November 2019 at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair in Bulawayo.

To date we have set in motion the process of establishing fully functional provincial and metropolitan councils. “You mayors and chairpersons of councils of urban councils are expected, together with your fellow members, to be responsive voice of the needs of your communities in the formulation of the Provincial and metropolitan development priorities and agendas.

The President said that he was aware of the gross infrastructure development gaps within the local authorities and that   government remained committed to facilitate the resourcing of capital expenditure for local authorities.

“It is my fervent hope that these funds, some of which have since been disbursed to respective councils, are being used to compliment priority projects especially for critical services such as water, sanitation and other capital projects,” he said.

He exhorted local authorities to develop innovative and robust strategies for plant and equipment acquisition to accelerate infrastructure projects.