Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing July Moyo cleared the air on the roles of Provincial Councils and Ministers. He stated that devolution urges the government to disburse funds for provincial budgets to ensure that areas lagging behind in terms of development are prioritised. He also stated that there will be no conflict in terms of operations between the Provincial Ministers of State and the provincial councils.
On the financial aspect, there are key issues that have to be addressed. The first one is the capital budgets that must be given to all provincial councils as well as the 92 local authorities so that we can look after your roads, sewerage and water and central Government has to assist in this endeavour.
The second aspect is we are looking at marginalised areas and by marginalisation we think that where services have lagged behind, whether those services are schools or clinics or those services is electricity or sewerage, again the Government is called upon in the Constitution to make sure that monies are voted for by Parliament through Government, through the Ministry of Finance so that we can uplift the standards of living of our people.
The third aspect of the financial provisions requires that central Government every year puts aside five percent of the National Budget so that it can be distributed to provincial councils and local authorities so that we can again assist the whole of Zimbabwe to be uplifted. In the broad sense, that is how we are going to implement devolution