Councillors in rural and urban councils have commended the government for setting their sitting allowances at an equivalent of 50 per cent of those paid to Members of Parliament.
Urban Council Association of Zimbabwe (UCAZ) president Clr Josiah Makombe (MDC Alliance), who is also the Mayor of Gweru, expressed gratitude to the government for the gesture. He said:
I’m happy to note that we negotiated with Government as local authority councillors and are now getting half of sitting allowances which Members of Parliament get. This is in the spirit of the devolution agenda and we are very grateful to the Government for the gesture.
The government has embarked on devolution, which is as a key component of the new Constitution of Zimbabwe in 2013.
Provincial governments are mandated to spearhead economic and social development projects in their areas.