Local authorities say they are getting a raw deal from the Zimbabwe National Road Authority (ZINARA) as the revenue they are getting for road maintenance is far below their expectations.Local authorities were mandated by law to handle the vehicle licensing portfolio, retaining 10% of the proceeds for road maintenance.
However last year, the local authorities were stripped of this responsibility which was then handed over to ZINARA.
The local authorities claim the revenue coming from the road authority is far below expectations considering the amount of money generated from this portfolio.
In a telephone interview, Chitungwiza Municipality Town Clerk, Mr Godfrey Mahachi said the local authority has received only US$68 000, which he said is not enough for road maintenance.
Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe Secretary General, Mr Francis Duri said the takeover of the vehicle licensing portfolio has crippled the revenue base for the local authorities and affected road rehabilitation programmes.
Unless there is any other law to the contrary, local authorities are mandated to collect vehicle licensing fees in terms of the Vehicle Registration and Licensing Act Chapter 13:14.
Efforts to get a comment from ZINARA were fruitless as the Chief Executive, Mr Frank Chitukutuku was not in office.
His mobile phone went unanswered.