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Hwange board pays for services to no avail

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THE Hwange Local Town Board has lamented the anomaly in its financial relationship with the Hwange Rural District Council (RDC) saying it does not get any revenue from some areas it services that fall under the RDC.

LUYANDUHLOBO MAKWATI
OWN CORRESPONDENT

Hwange has a total of 15 wards which are all administered by the local town board, but it only collects revenue from seven wards while the district administrator (DA)’s office collects revenue from the other eight wards since it is in charge of the RDC.

Ndumiso Mdlalose, the Hwange Local Town board secretary, said the existing scenario was of no benefit to them as they were
catering for councillors whose wards did not contribute any revenue to the town board.

“As it is, we administer 15 wards, but only seven wards pay revenue to us while the other eight wards pay to the DA’s office,” Mdlalose said.

“The problem we are facing is when these councillors come for meetings.

“We pay for their allowances, but we don’t get any revenue from the land they are in charge of.”

Mdlalose said they had engaged the relevant ministries to address the anomaly because it was disadvantaging the town board.

He pointed out that houses owned by the National Railways of Zimbabwe and those under concession land did not pay anything to the local board.

“Things are hard for the local town board because we have to make ends meet and then pay councillors who don’t contribute anything to our revenue for the day-to-day running of the board.” Mdlalose added.

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