By Centre News Reporter.
THE Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Local Government, Public Works, National
Housing and Social Amenities is set to descend at Masvingo townhouse on Monday to grill the city fathers over allegations of sidelining residents in making decisions concerning the utilization of devolution funds.
Local authorities receive devolution funds from the central government every year and Masvingo residents have fumed over the use of these funds at the Town House. Legislator Miriam Chikukwa will lead public hearings at the behest of a petition to Parliament by Masvingo United Residents and Rate Payers Alliance (MURRA)MURRA lamented the deliberate sidelining of citizens participation in the process of choosing and prioritizing service delivery areas when devolution funds are disbursed to the local authority.

In the petition handed over to Parliament last year, the residents’ body bemoaned that Masvingo City Council has not been consulting residents to get their input.
Clerk of Parliament, Kennedy Chokuda, said the committee will be in Masvingo and other cities where similar petitions were sent to the August House.
“Portfolio Committee on Local Government, Public Works and National
Housing and Social Amenities will conduct public consultations on
petition received from Masvingo United Residents and Rate Payers
Alliance. The objective of these consultations is to gather views of
public on non-delivery of adequate services and lack of public
consultations on utilization of devolution funds by local
authorities,” said Chokuda.
The committee will hold separate meetings with the city fathers and
MURRA before conducting a public hearing with the residents at the
Civic Center hall at 9am.
City fathers, however, face a stern test when they meet the committee which is being pressured by residents to demand satisfactory answers.
Council has since channeled a huge chunk of it’s 2021 devolution allocation towards completion of Mucheke Main Trunk Sewer, much to the chagrin of some residents.
Residents are demanding to be consulted and give a nod to the decision or give alternative views.
In the petition, residents argue that there are critical priorities
that the devolution funds have to be channeled including addressing
perennial water shortages that the city is facing.
Residents also argued that the true spirit of real devolution involves
citizen participation in local governance processes to determine their
priorities in social services delivery but this has been overlooked by
the city fathers.
Masvingo City Mayor, Collen Maboke said they were prepared for the public hearing.
“Yes we are aware of the public meeting and we will be prepared to
participate as council and give our submissions before the committee,”
Maboke said.
Masvingo city has been experiencing severe water shortages over the
past decade as population in the city has outgrown demand.
With a population of about 100 000, the city’s pumping capacity of
about 35 000 mega liters per day is no longer sufficient to serve the city.
The pumping capacity need to be augmented to reach about 45 to 50 000 mega litres to meet the demand of the current population.
Residents receive water for less than 5 hours per day in the wee hours and spend the rest of the day without running water.
Local Government Parly Portfolio Committee To Grill Masvingo Council
Over Devolution Funds
By Centre News Reporter.
THE Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Local Government, Public
Works, National Housing and Social Amenities is set to descend at
Masvingo town house on Monday to grill the city fathers over
allegations of sidelining residents in making decisions concerning
utilization of devolution fund.
Local authorities receive devolution funds from central government
every year and Masvingo residents have fumed over the use of these
funds at the Town House.
Legislator Miriam Chikukwa, the Chairperson of the Local government
Committee will lead public hearings at the behest of a petition to
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Parliament by Masvingo United Residents and Rate Payers Alliance
(MURRA).
MURRA lamented deliberate sidelining of citizen participation in the
process of choosing and prioritizing service delivery areas when
devolution funds are disbursed to the local authority.
In the petition handed over to Parliament last year, the residents’ body
bemoaned that Masvingo City Council has not been consulting residents
to get their inputs.
Clerk of Parliament, Kennedy Chokuda, said the committee will be in
Masvingo and other cities where similar petitions were sent to the
August House.
“Portfolio Committee on Local Government, Public Works and National
Housing and Social Amenities will conduct public consultations on
petition received from Masvingo United Residents and Rate Payers
Alliance. The objective of these consultations is to gather views of
public on non-delivery of adequate services and lack of public
consultations on utilization of devolution funds by local
authorities,” said Chokuda.
The committee will hold separate meetings with the city fathers and
MURRA before conducting a public hearing with the residents at the
Civic Center hall at 9am.
City fathers, however, face a stern test when they meet the committee
which is being pressured by residents to demand satisfactory answers.
Council has since channeled a huge chunk of it’s 2021 devolution
allocation towards completion of Mucheke Main Trunk Sewer, much to the
chagrin of some residents.
Residents are demanding to be consulted and give a nod to the decision
or give alternative views.
In the petition, residents argue that there are critical priorities
that the devolution funds have to be channeled towards addressing

perennial water shortages that the city is facing.
Residents also argued that the true spirit of real devolution involves
citizen participation in local governance processes to determine their
priorities in social services delivery but this has been overlooked by
the city fathers.
Masvingo City Mayor, Collen Maboke said they were prepared for the
public hearing.
“Yes we are aware of the public meeting and we will be prepared to
participate as council and give our submissions before the committee,”
Maboke said.
Masvingo city has been experiencing severe water shortages over the
past decade as population in the city has outgrown demand.
With a population of about 100 000, the city’s pumping capacity of
about 35 000 mega liters per day is no longer sufficient to serve the
city.
The pumping capacity need to be augmented to reach about 45 to 50 000
mega litres to meet the demand of the current population.
Residents receive water for less than 5 hours per day in the wee hours
and spend the rest of the day without running water.