Harare City Council has announced a ZWL$4,5 billion dollar 2020 budget that will largely concentrate on water and sanitation issues as well as roads rehabilitation among other service delivery programmes.
Speaking during the budget presentation ceremony, Finance and Development Committee chairperson, Cllr Mukunguma said the budget speaks to the aspirations of residents and stakeholders.
“Water, sanitation and hygiene is at the core of service delivery programmes.
“As we strive to be a Smart City, we are aware of the need to manage waste water effectively and as such part of the allocation will be channeled towards the optimization of our sewer plants that is Firle and Crowborough Sewage Works,” he said.
ZWL$1,485 billion has been allocated to funding water, sanitation and hygiene with solid waste allocated ZWL$63,98 million while water services and waste water got ZWL$872,4 and ZWL$548.4 respectively.
Cllr Mukunguma said the city will also make efforts towards the rehabilitation of the city’s farm which plays a critical role in the treatment of waste water.
Cllr Mukunguma said council repaired 10km of the targeted 545 km on roads while for preventative maintenance, council did 18 km of the targeted 585 km.
“This was largely due to late disbursement of funds and price variation caused by distortions in the market."
“We constantly requested more funds to implement road works but ZINARA did not respond positively."
“In order to give hope for trafficable roads to the populace, your council will ring fence revenue from City Parking Private Limited and use it as a leverage to borrow loans to fund other roads programmes,” he said.
He said this measure will help council revamp 120km roads next year