Kasukuwere bans councils' out-of-town seminars

HARARE - Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere has banned all out-of-town seminars for city fathers with immediate effect.

Kasukuwere told a press briefing yesterday that municipal officials were taking advantage of their privilege by constantly taking road trips and claiming out-of-pocket allowances.

The ban of out-of-town trips comes barely a year after the Bernard Manyenyeni-led Harare City Council (HCC) suspended all foreign trips and workshops pending improvements in council’s financial situation.

The suspension was later lifted.

The Local Government minister said if councillors and mayors had pressing issues to discuss, they could do so in their towns.

“There are a lot of conference rooms and centres in towns and cities to cater for such discussions,” Kasukuwere said.

“The whole idea that whenever some issue need to be discussed, people head to Kadoma should cease.

“This criss-crossing around the country for seminars must stop.

“Councillors should not take such trips at the expense of ratepayers. There will no longer be abuse of public funds in such a manner.”

He said the ministry would be employing very strict measures to ensure that expenditure is kept at a barest minimum.

As part of cost containment, the ministry will extensively scrutinise all contracts that local authorities enter into, he added.

He said this was to avoid over expenditure by some local authorities who think they can make a quick buck out of municipal processes.

“We are especially looking at foreign contracts that councils enter into. We do not want a situation whereby a councillor just signs a contract without thoroughly going through it.

“We are only doing this so that future generations do not suffer paying for debts we incurred,” he said.

 

Comments (4)

Kasukuwere bans councils' out-of-town seminars Helen Kadirire • 13 January 2016 1:34PM • 0 comments Share this article: HARARE - Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere has banned all out-of-town seminars for city fathers with immediate effect. Kasukuwere told a press briefing yesterday that municipal officials were taking advantage of their privilege by constantly taking road trips and claiming out-of-pocket allowances. The ban of out-of-town trips comes barely a year after the Bernard Manyenyeni-led Harare City Council (HCC) suspended all foreign trips and workshops pending improvements in council's financial situation. The suspension was later lifted. The Local Government minister said if councillors and mayors had pressing issues to discuss, they could do so in their towns. “There are a lot of conference rooms and centres in towns and cities to cater for such discussions,” Kasukuwere said. “The whole idea that whenever some issue need to be discussed, people head to Kadoma should cease. “This criss-crossing around the country for seminars must stop. “Councillors should not take such trips at the expense of ratepayers. There will no longer be abuse of public funds in such a manner.” Hahahahahahahah. A mosquito trying to cure malaria

Ethan - 13 January 2016

How will he manage that control. Will he be inspecting Councils' finances. Thats downright interference. Leave them alone. Wasiya naani zvamudhara wako zve globe trotting at the tax payer's expense.

Realist - 13 January 2016

For once i think you are right Tyson. Could you also ban those that go for holidays to countries that are better managed when they have ruined their own?kkkkkk

Tahir Iqbal - 18 January 2016

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