By Staff Reporter
Kwekwe City Council was forced to abort some budget consultative meetings after residents snubbed the process to come up with the city’s 2021 proposed budget.
Mayor Angeline Kasipo in calling off one of the meetings in Central Kwekwe on Wednesday said, “it would be a mockery to proceed with the whole process,” this was after only 3 residents had turned up for the consultative meeting.
Kwekwe City Council have 14 wards and residents attendance according to Kwekwe Residents and Rate Payers Association has been underwhelming in all the wards.
“The reason is simple, thebudget consultations process was poorly advertised to the residents,” Alex Homela Kwekwe Residents and Rate Payers Association Secretary General said.
He highlighted that only 70 residents in Kwekwe turned out for the budget process. “This is reflective of a ywaning gap between residents, policy makers and council management,” the straight talking Homela let rip of council.
“They are working in isolation they are not including residents in their programs. That’s why council is getting such a pathetic response from residents.”
Residents in some wards gave council the middle finger by shunning the process, with council authorities and councillors forced to address nearly empty halls or in extreme cases call of the whole processes for later dates.
“We are forced to call off this meeting as we cannot have a consultation with 3 residents. That will be a mockery to the whole budgeting process. We need to get input from residents on this budget but we cannot do so with 3 people. We are therefore postponing this meeting to a later date,” Kasipo told the meeting which was dominated by council employees, Councillors and some journalists.
Meanwhile, Kwekwe City Council which is yet to avail a total figure for its budget is proposing US$1 in traffis for public lighting, Education levy and fire levy for both High and low density residential areas.
The local authority is proposing US$2 on public lighting for institutions, while for education and fire levy its proposing US$3.
On fixed water charges Kwekwe is proposing US$4 for both High and Low density areas whilst it is proposing for the non fixed US$0,40/ cubic metre in High Density areas and US$0,55/ cubic metre. Institutions are expected to pay US$10 for fixed and US$0,60 for non fixed.
On sewer the local authority is proposing US$2,20 for both low and high density areas whilst institutions are project led to pay US$5.