THE Local Government, Public Works and National Housing ministry finally approved Zvishavane Town Council’s $6,5 million 2015 budget after months of bickering.
Last month, council chairman Esau Dube Gwatipedza had urged Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo to reject the budget saying it was submitted to the ministry without his consent.
Gwatipedza alleged the submitted budget did not bear his signature as stipulated by law and declared it null and void.
However, a letter addressed to town secretary Tinoda Mukutu by the Local Government ministry said the budget had been approved and council could now proceed with implementation.
The ministry urged council to make efforts towards honouring outstanding statutory obligations.
“We have pleasure to advise you that in terms of section 47 (1) of the Public Finance Act (chapter 22:19), the honourable minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing approved the 2015 budget for Zvishavane Town Council,” the letter read.
“Council (is) therefore advised to align chief executive officer’s contract to budget and make efforts towards honouring outstanding statutory obligations.”
The ministry encouraged the council to devise tough revenue collection strategies for council projects and operations to be successful.
“Council may now proceed to implement same, paying particular attention to employing robust revenue collection strategies.”
Mukutu said approval of the budget was long overdue as the town seeks to continue rebranding itself.
“I am delighted that the budget has been finally approved as it will now give us the leeway to continue with projects rebranding the image of this town,” Mukutu said.