BY TINAANI NYABEREKA
Gweru – Midlands province’s urban and rural councillors have roundly called on government to improve their allowances.
Councillors recently told Local Government Minister July Moyo at a councillor’s induction workshop in Gweru that they are failing to effectively discharge their duties outside their area due to the little allowance.
Former Gweru Mayor who is also ward 2 Councillor Hamutendi Kombayi told Minister Moyo that the $10 allowance which councillors are currently receiving is not only a pain but also restrictive for them conduct filed work.
“Our $ 10 allowances pains us so much when we travel out doing our council business because it restrain us it’s too little. Therefore we are appealing to you honourable minister at least to look into the issue and help us because even drivers are paid better than us,” said Kombayi
Moyo in response encouraged councillors to regulate and work out on a framework on the issue.
“The $10 allowance is not an issue because the ministers even get $ 5 which is even below whenever they go to do their duties outside the offices. The driver gets more than the minister so don’t complain,” he said.
“Maybe as councils you have to regulate and deliberate on the issue and see how best it can be changed. I however urge you never to deliberate on high figures because the saving belongs to the people,” he said
Meanwhile, Moyo has also urged councils to continue constructing primary and secondary school in their areas as councils are mandated to do so in promoting infrastructure development.
“Continue promoting infrastructure development by constructing primary schools and secondary schools because they are yours to do so and in terms of the education sect you are fully mandated. Yes the Government may come in but it looks at tertiary education and vocational centres, thus were its responsibility is more,” said Moyo.