Mr George Magosvongwe

A top government official has warned executives from rural authorities against meddling in politics at the expense of service delivery saying those who fail to deliver will be shown the exit door.

The government has read the riot act to executives of rural authorities who for long have been found wanting in embezzlement of funds, meddling in politics and awarding themselves hefty salaries at the expense of service delivery.

Addressing rural local authorities for the first time after being appointed, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Rural Development, Preservation and Promotion of Culture and Heritage, Mr George Magosvongwe said under his watch, there will be no room for maladministration as he is ready to pull the trigger when the need arise.

Secretary General of the Association of Rural District Councils of Zimbabwe Mrs Lucy Furamera said her organisation has lined up a number of workshops to educate local authorities’ executives on cooperate governance issues saying the office bearers are warming up to the service level bench-marking which shall guide all rural authorities in their operations.

The service level bench-marking is a system where each and every local authority will use a universal guideline in budgeting and prioritisation of service delivery where the chunk of the local authority’s revenue will be channelled towards development as opposed to salaries and other personal gains for the local authorities’ executives which has been happening in the past.