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Gweru admits salaries are unsustainable


GWERU mayor Hamutendi Kombayi has admitted that salaries were gobbling up much of the city council’s revenue base and impacting negatively on service delivery.


Speaking at a Media Institute of Southern Africa Press Club discussion on “Access to Information: A tool for accountability, transparency and development” in Gweru yesterday, Kombayi said salaries were chewing up a huge chunk of council’s income and this impacted on other activities.

“Though it is an unfortunate scenario, salaries are gobbling a huge portion of the revenue base,” Kombayi said.

He said his council was committed to coming up with income generating projects to widen the revenue base. Gweru unveiled a $36 168 154 budget for 2014 with salaries and allowances taking $13 767 018 or 38% of the proposed expenditure.

Although the budget dropped by 40% from last year, council is still struggling to maintain staff costs within its projected threshold of 30% of the total revenue budget.

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