Citizens’ involvement is key in public finances management

Residents in Gwanda have continuously expressed concern regarding the lack of citizens’ involvement and consultation on issues concerning the use of public funds especially the devolution funds. The municipality of Gwanda was allocated ZWL 6.8 million on the second quarter of the year 2021 and as residents, we are concerned that this information was not shared to us through formal community structures. Recently, the Municipality purchased a truck but residents are concerned that funds that went towards the purchase of the truck could have been used to improve sewer and water reticulation in the area as this has remained a thorny issue for many years.

By Lungile Masuku

Our concern is that residents should not be left out in key decision-making processes and the local authority should ensure that there is transparency in the implementation of budget plans. This will enable citizens to develop mutual trust and confidence in the local authority processes. The local authority needs to improve the effectiveness of communication channels with community members so that information on council projects is readily available. This will prevent speculation and strengthen cooperation and coordination between residents and duty bearers.

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