MARONDERA- The Municipality of Marondera has received ZWL$7. 775million from the central government under the ongoing devolution programme and most of funds have already been used in helping to improve the town’s service delivery.
In an interview, Marondera Mayor Chengetai Murowa said they were grateful to the government for the bail out as the funds were released at a time the local authority was failing to offer consistent service delivery owing to financial constraints.
He said: “Central government gave us ZWL$7. 775million from devolution funds and that money will go a long way in helping turn around the fortunes of the town.
“Some residents and other business people have not been forthcoming when it comes to paying rates and that has seen us being owed over ZWL$28 million. That alone had a dent on service delivery and the devolution funds are helping us a lot.”
The Mayor revealed that council is using part of the money to refurbish the water treatment plant, Braithwaite modular tanks, supply and delivery of six bowsers and solar back-up systems for council facilities and drilling of boreholes to mitigate water shortages.
Government has reiterated its commitment to devolution as provided for in the Constitution and this development thrust has bailed many local authorities.
It is hoped that devolution will see transformation of villages, districts, provinces and the whole nation.