HARARE City Council (HCC) is in the process of crafting and formulating the supplementary budget for 2020 to make it compliant with the national budget.
Zim Morning Post has it on good grounds that three weeks ago, the HCC shifted dates for its own budget in order to allow for further consultations.
In 2019, HCC had to stitch up a supplementary budget in July after it had overspent its budget. The supplementary budget was also necessitated by inflation which saw revenue diminishing as the local currency lost value.
In an interview with the Zim Morning Post, Finance Director Stanley Ndemera said the city budget should be complete by the end of the month so that input by residents is taken into account.
“We are in the process of crafting and formulating the budget so that it should be available by month-end. We have taken residents’ input into consideration,” Ndemera said.
Town clerk Hosiah Chisango said the 2020 budget is expected to address water, sanitation and hygiene issues in order to avert challenges of cholera and other waterborne disease outbreaks.
“We, therefore, need to ensure that our budget should prioritise the WASH programmes in terms of both capital projects and operational budget. In our 2019 budget, water accounted for 10 percent of the capital budget and we expect to increase it in 2020 so that we are able to sustainably address the key drivers of cholera outbreaks,” he said.