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    Zaka residents demand levy reductions in 2017 budget



    FADZAI SANANGURAI
    ZAKA REPORTER

    ZAKA
    – Jerera residents have demanded that a $2 levy paid to collect rubbish bins be removed as the Environmental Management Agency which is tasked to do that has not been collecting the bins in many places in the Growth Point.
    The residents also demanded that a $3 levy introduced last year be either reduced to $2 or removed completely because roads were allegedly not being maintained.
    The sentiments came up during a 2017 budget consultation which kicked off in Ward 19 at Jerera Growth Point last week.
    Zaka Rural District Council (RDC) has started the 2017 budget consultation and meetings with residents kicked off at Jerera Ward 19.
    All local council budgets must get any input from the stakeholders before they are sent to the Minister of Rural Development and Preservation of National Culture Heritage for approval.
    Zaka RDC Treasurer Thomas Machemedze said that EMA needed US$1 248 per year to carry out refuse collection.
    The residents demanded accountability of the same levy needed by EMA that they paid for the previous year.
    "Those who collect refuse do not reach a lot of stands and why should we therefore pay levy?" asked one of the residents Toruvanda Tirivacho.
    Machemedze however, told the residents that they actually have an outstanding debt with EMA because some residents were not paying.
    Residents demanded that Council tar the roads at Jerera growth point but this was shot down by Machemedze who said the process was too expensive for council as it cost $102 000 per kilometre.
    "It is too expensive to construct tarred roads because it needs US$102 000 per kilometre" said Machemedze.news
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