Vungu RDC un­veils $2,5m bud­get

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Midlands & North-West News - Love­more Zi­gara

VUNGU Ru­ral District Coun­cil has un­veiled a $2,5 mil­lion bud­get for 2018.

Vungu RDC chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mr Alex Magura said the bud­get, which is up from the cur­rent $1,8 mil­lion, will pri­ori­tise un­com­pleted projects un­der­taken this year.

“We are propos­ing a bud­get of $2 520 875 for 2018 and this is up from the cur­rent bud­get of $1 892 998.

“We are look­ing at con­tin­u­ing with some of the projects that we started in the cur­rent bud­get which we have not yet com­pleted or have not been able to com­mence which in­clude the ser­vic­ing of stands at In­sukamini Growth Point,” he said.

Mr Magura said if the ratepay­ers where to play their role by set­tling their wa­ter and rates bills, the lo­cal au­thor­ity would en­sure that coun­cil im­proves on its ser­vice de­liv­ery man­date.

He said some of the projects coun­cil wants to un­der­take in 2018 in­clude the con­struc­tion of a clinic in the Tovo area near Shangani.

Mr Magura said the clinic would serve peo­ple in the area who were trav­el­ling long dis­tances to ac­cess health fa­cil­i­ties in the city of Gweru.

“This com­ing fi­nan­cial year, we want to start the con­struc­tion of a clinic in the Tovo area. Ac­tu­ally, we have set aside some­thing for that clinic in the cur­rent bud­get.

“We have not been able to be­gin the con­struc­tion yet.

“How­ever, some of the lo­cally avail­able build­ing ma­te­ri­als like

bricks have al­ready been mo­bilised,” he said.

Mr Magura said coun­cil was also keen on com­plet­ing the ser­vic­ing of 450 hous­ing stands at In­sukamini Growth Point.

“As part of bring­ing in­vest­ment to the district, coun­cil has also ap­plied to the Min­istry of Lands

and Ru­ral Re­set­tle­ment to avail more land for devel­op­ment,” he said.

Hous­ing devel­op­ment is a crit­i­cal com­po­nent of the eco­nomic blueprint, Zim-As­set, which tar­gets to de­velop 150 000 hous­ing units per year from 2013 up to 2018.

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