Ratepayers demand council executives' salary schedule

MASVINGO - Masvingo residents have demanded that the city council here discloses the salary schedule of its top management.

This comes amid reports some top council executives were earning as much as $35 000 a month at a time
service delivery is collapsing.

Masvingo United Residents and Rate Payers Association (Murra) yesterday told the Daily News it had requested the council to furnish it with the salary schedule so that it could be made public.

Anozivashe Muguti, Murra programmes coordinator, said the residents’ body was extremely concerned over
obscene salaries for top management as in the case with other major cities like Harare.

“It is with great concern that Murra has been following the saga concerning the disclosure of hefty salaries being paid to Harare City Council’s management. What increases our concern is  this same lack of transparency is also being displayed by Masvingo City Council,” he said.

Unconfirmed reports suggest the town clerk, Adolf Gusha, was earning  $35 000 per month. Efforts to get a comment from Gusha were fruitless as he was unreachable.

Muguti said residents of Masvingo have since 2009 been requesting Masvingo senior management staff salaries to be fully disclosed in the interests of public accountability but said senior council management made it extremely difficult for either councillors or residents, and other stakeholders to have the full salary schedule.

“According to former mayor Alderman Chakabuda at a budget tracking meeting in April 2012, instead of the 70 percent service delivery and 30 percent salaries percent ratio recommended for council revenue, the city council salaries were gobbling up to 62 percent of monthly revenue while 38 percent was left for service delivery. This at the expense of service delivery is irresponsible.”

Masvingo mayor, Hubert Fidze said he could not immediately comment over the issue.

“That issue is bit complex and I cannot comment now as I am out of office”, the MDC mayor said.

“Actually, I am at Tokwe-Mukorsi Dam. I need time to consult my fellow colleagues and I will get back to you.”

But Murra bemoaned the decline of service delivery while the top brass were getting hefty salaries
“While residents have been calling for the construction of the Bradburn Street Bridge to ease the traffic congestion, nothing has been done for the past five years,” Muguti said.

“Roads are heavily pot-holed, water delivery is inconsistent and the quality and taste of the water has changed drastically.

“Waste management and general refuse collection is chaotic.”

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PMK - 13 February 2014

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