Tuesday, 19 June 2012 14:26
Local Government, Urban and Rural Development Minister, Dr Ignatius Chombo has called on families with insufficient maize stocks and other vulnerable groups to register their requirements so as to benefit under government’s Grain Loan Scheme.
Giving an update on issues of importance in local government, Dr Chombo said government has put in place drought mitigation programmes targeted at all needy communal, resettlement and small scale commercial farming households.
He however said government has noted with concern that some needy people are failing to get grain from GMB depots due to erratic supply and logistic bottlenecks at the depots, adding that a cabinet inter-ministerial taskforce on grain procurement is working to address the challenges.
Regarding the move by authorities at Harvest House to investigate councillors, Dr Chombo said the move is a clear admission by the party’s leadership that MDC-T officials are indeed corrupt.
Cde Chombo also outlined a number of problematic issues in local government among them water and sanitation to which he said the Ministry of Finance has provisionally allocated $30 million for the 92 local authorities but only $1 million was released to Victoria Falls Municipality.
On refuse collection, he said councils are underperforming as a result of obsolete refuse removal equipment ad lack of capital investment.