BCC finance director pours scorn on Mthuli Ncube

BCC finance director pours scorn on Mthuli Ncube
Published: 14 August 2019 (103 Views)
THE Bulawayo City Council (BCC) has expressed disappointment at the government's bureaucracy which it says has grossly affected service delivery in the face of hyperinflation currently ravaging the country.

BCC finance director Kimpton Ndimande told Finance minister Mthuli Ncube here during a mid-term budget review breakfast meeting on Friday that the volatile economic situation had made it impossible for the local authority to make timely adjustments to their supplementary budgets.

"Before making any changes to the cost of services, we go through consultation of residents, then we approach the minister. This is time-consuming and by the time the changes are approved, inflation would have doubled.

"May local authorities should be awarded the luxury to independently make decisions in relation to the economic situation to ensure service delivery is not interrupted," said Ndimande, adding they are currently running on a $34,5 million budget deficit and risk having a bigger debt due to the amount of time needed to pass decisions.

"We have since suggested a supplementary budget of a paltry 42 percent. Till now, it hasn't been approved. By the time it gets approved, inflation would have gone higher.

"We need to be able to make some of these decisions quickly to allow us to deliver quality services especially to the private sector of business," he said.

Ndimande also appealed to Ncube to consider exempting local authorities from paying two percent tax which he said was further worsening their financial recovery plights. BCC also appealed for a special provision for fuel as its unavailability has affected the local authority's service delivery.

Ncube has said the new tax introduced last October on electronic payments was a painful but necessary part of the government's attempts to revive the economy. Ncube on October 1 announced the two percent tax, saying the money raised would be used in the roads, health and education sectors.

The tax applies on mobile and card payments and bank transfers above $10 with exceptions for foreign payments and transfer of government funds.

- dailynews

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