Local authorities say they have suffered revenue prejudice as other government departments which were only regulators are now collecting revenue and not ploughing back into service provision.

Local authority representatives from Zvishavane Town Council and Runde Rural District Council said when organisations such as the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), Environmental Management Agency (EMA), Ministry of Mines ad Mining Development and others collect revenues in their jurisdictions, consideration is not given to them as service providers.

The authorities are proposing that a fund be set aside for them in the 2018 budget to make sure as providers of basic amenities, they are able to do so.

The proposal triggered more probes from members of the Cde David Chapfika chaired Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Finance and Economic Development, asking local authorities to explain how they want this to be implemented.

The local authorities are arguing that many statutory and economic activities such as agriculture, roadblocks, mining and others leave them afterwards with obligations which they must take care of.

These include the need to rehabilitate dug up places, providing basic amenities, reclaiming areas left open by miners and many other programmes which all require resources they don’t have.