The government has implored rural local authorities to find ways of widening their revenue base amid plans for the construction of 470 000 housing units.

This comes at a time when there has been an outcry following the decision to ensure the land levy is collected by the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement.

However, in a bid to instill confidence within local authorities on the targets set by government, the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Cde July Moyo met local authorities in Mashonaland Central Province.

“Widening the revenue base will ensure that local authorities meet their targets as set out in the 100 day programme,” Cde Moyo said.

Local authorities have also been under the spotlight over allegations of corruption and poor service delivery which has seen residents enduring water cuts and poor refuse collection.

Under the new dispensation, corruption has been strongly condemned with perpetrators facing the jail terms.