1114: Cde Chinamasa ends address.Live update concludes

1112: “When we became ministers we were not asked what qualifications we have, but when the Permanent Secretary was appointed (Engineer George Mlilo) certainly he was asked what qualifications he has,” said Cde Chinamasa. He was reiterating the need for councils to appoint qualified personnel to run their affairs.

1111: Government will not tolerate unplanned settlements

1104: Cde Chinamasa reiterates government’s zero tolerance to land barons

1103: Councils urged to put their house in order to enhance service delivery

1102: cancellation of utility bills will never happen again in local authorities, it was very costly, when it was done.

1059: Government expects local authorities to comply with the directive of 30-70 percent in terms of revenue allocation. Implored non-compliant authorities to do so. Government will put money in councils that are compliant and well-managed, he said.

1055: Local authorities’ employment costs are unsustainable. The directive is 30 percent should go towards employment costs, while 70 percent of your revenue goes to service delivery. If you do not do that you will never make it.

1054: Appoint appropriate people with proper qualifications to run your finances, Minister Chinamasa tells councils.

1053: Minister Chinamasa takes to the podium

1038: Investment opportunities numerous in establishing PPPs with local authorities, he said. VP Mphoko ends address.

1035: This conference must unlock opportunities for local authorities as key drivers of economic growth

1030: Cde Mphoko said government is fully in support of initiatives by local authorities, adding that investment in local authorities dovetails with ZIM ASSET.

1025: The conference is focusing on infrastructure development and service delivery in the harare metropolitan

1020: The conference was opened by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, who said government is cognisant of the predicament confronting local authorities of providing quality services at a time when the revenue base is dwindling.

1014: The 2nd Local Government Investment Conference has been officially opened this morning at the HICC.

1007: Minister Chikukwa spoke about the need for massive investment to revive ailing industrial base, and to unlock economic potential through local government institutions

1000: Present is Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko,  Minister  of Finance and Economic Development Cde Patrick Chinamasa, Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Cde Saviour Kasukuwere, Minister  of State for Harare Metropolitan province Cde Miriam Chikukwa and Harare Mayor Councillor Bernard Manyenyeni among others.