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    Buhera RDC worst performer, Gumbo

    MUTARE- Buhera Rural District Council (RDCs) was the worst performing local authority in terms of service delivery, particularly on road rehabilitation as it failed to efficiently use funds allocated to it under the Emergency Road Maintenance Programme disbursed by the Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara).
    Buhera RDC was allocated $423 200, but only used $153 600 under the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme.
    The district was rapped for underutilising the funds, a move which is said to have contributed to underdevelopment. Speaking at a meeting held with heads of local authorities and other stakeholders in Mutare last week, Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo expressed concern over the underutilisation of funds by the local authority.
    Dr Gumbo urged Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs Senator Monica Mutsvangwa to crack her whip on local authorities that diverted funds.
    "They have done pretty well, Minister Mutsvangwa, but there are others, which you need to crack your whip at so that they can perform.
    "The worst one was Buhera. We gave them money and if they had made use of that money, they could have covered a lot of ground." Dr Gumbo said local authorities that failed to utilise money allocated to them would never receive the balance.
     "Minister (Sen Mutsvangwa), I want to thank you for giving us this opportunity to meet these local authorities who are the ones responsible for road construction," he said.
    Dr Gumbo said his ministry was fully aware that some local authorities diverted funds meant for projects to pay for salaries to their employees. He said his ministry wanted to guard against diverting funds meant for developmental projects.
    A total of $3 405 465 was disbursed to rural district councils in 2017 and they all managed to use $3 121 858 in the period. On the other hand, urban councils received $2 586 090 and used a total of $2 498 850 in road rehabilitation. Dr Gumbo said $5,5 billion was needed to rehabilitate roads countrywide.
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