Portfolio Committee Report on Local Gvt, Rural & Urban Development on Service Delivery by Local Authorities

The Portfolio Committee on Local Government, Rural and Urban Development plays an oversight role on the Ministries of Local Govemment, Public Works and National Housing and Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage. The Committee conducted an inquiry into the operations of Local Authorities with a view to assess overall service delivery. Prior to that, the Committee had received complaints of poor service delivery, allegations of corruption and mismanagement of funds by Local Authorities from residents associations, civil organisations and rate payers. The allegations included favouritism in allocation of stands and mismanagement of rate payers' funds. The Committee then resolved to conduct fact finding visits to selected local authorities to examine the veracity of the allegations.
According to Sections 274 and 275 of the Constitution, Local Authorities have a mandate to represent and manage the affairs of the people in urban and rural areas throughout Zimbabwe. Service delivery is key to the development of communities and should be top priority for local authorities. Service delivery should not be characterized by heaps of uncollected refuse, lack of water, demolitions, illegal settlements, poor road networks and congested central br.rsiness centres. Unfortunately this has become the order of the day in most towns and cities.

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