Marondera Ward 10 councilor Jimmy Jalifu said councilors are ‘tired of lying’ to residents over service delivery issues and has accused council management of prioritizing issues concerning salaries at the expense of the ratepayers’ interests.
Speaking during the last full council meeting recently, Jalifu said the frequent increase in council workers’ salaries and demand of Covid 19 allowances does not correspond with what is on the ground as far as service delivery is concerned.
His utterances came after council Finance Director John Kachingwe had told the house that council needed at least RTGS$1,8m as Covid 19 allowances to its workers.
“Recently, we gave our workers a cushioning allowance and today you are now considering pumping out more money to them but this is totally different from what is on the ground.
There is no service delivery to talk about where we come from. The workers are taking longer to deal with sewage problems, litter is everywhere. The residents are protesting to pay rates because of poor service delivery. We are lying to residents out there that we are improving, we need action on the ground.
“We cannot keep on giving in to the demands of workers demanding more money while we are not seeing tangible things in service delivery,” he fumed.
The local authority however resolved to pay only council frontline workers like nurses the Covid 19 allowance with each beneficiary getting an equivalent of USD$75.
The cash-strapped council has been at loggerheads with residents over poor service delivery with most areas battling with water shortages, poor roads, and non-functioning street lights among other things.
Council said the situation is set to improve after its full equipment is delivered by Mega Market.
The local authority recently increased its tariffs by 400% angering both residents and the business community.