Government approves 52 local budgets

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By Nyasha Dube

THE government has approved the proposed budgets of at least 52 local authorities, with another 24 set to be analysed by the end of this week, the Daily News reports.

Local Government minister July Moyo said the government will take action against 14 non-compliant local municipalities which are yet to submit their annual reports.

“As of 31 December 2020, 52 out of 92 local authority budgets for 2021 had been approved. 24 budgets were received in the last two days and are still being analysed and this should be done by the 8th of January 2021.

“There are 14 local authorities which are yet to submit their budgets. Of these, Mutasa RDC, Mutare RDC, Makonde RDC, Mazowe RDC and Hwange Local Board perennially violate the Public Finance Management Act (Chapter 22:19) statute with regard to budget transmissions.

“In this regard all local authorities that violate the provisions of the above Act will have to face the wrath of the law,” Moyo said in a statement yesterday.

Moyo encouraged the local authorities to adhere to the Devolution Circular and budget for devolution funds as well as pay attention to projects that have a high impact on the local community.

He also urged the local authorities to ensure they meet their tax, medical aid and pension obligations for their employees

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