Residents fume over delayed budget consultations

Source: Residents fume over delayed budget consultations -Newsday Zimbabwe

MARONDERA residents and the business community have taken their council to task for delaying 2023 budget consultations under unclear circumstances.

Marondera Residents Open Forum director Tapiwa Chengeta said they would take legal action to force the local authority to begin budget consultations.

“As residents we will resist any attempt to force the residents into a hurried process when we had all the time during the year. We will approach the courts if it is the last thing we have to do.”

In the past, the local authority has been accused of imposing budgets on ratepayers.

“It seems this has become an every year norm whereby the Marondera budget consultation processes are never taken seriously by council,” Danha said,

“Some town councils and municipalities started this in July or August and now they are at advanced stages. Sadly, we have not seen any kind of movement from the powers that be and we are already in late October with the actual final budget process due for the minister in November,” he added.

Mayor Simbarashe Nyahuye said the consultations would start on Monday.

“We were (busy) working on the budget so that when we present it to the residents and other stakeholders, they will be happy with it,” he said.

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