Residents boycott pre-budget meetings

Innocent Ruwende Senior Reporter
Harare residents are boycotting the city’s 2018 pre-budget consultation meetings saying they are mere window dressing events since their input has never been reflected in council’s financial plans.

Low attendance marred most of the meetings with some attracting as low as 20 residents forcing the city to postpone them.

The city has conducted meeting in Belvedere, Rugare, Warren Park, Mabvuku, Glenview and Kuwadzana among others.

The Combined Harare Residents Association (Chra) on Wednesday said low attendances have been recorded in most areas.

“In Ward 15 for example, the budget consultative meeting had to be postponed after Harare City Council officials and residents concurred that the meeting could not go ahead due to poor attendance. Some of the residents said they had not been notified of the meetings in time,” said Chra.

“The Harare City Council 2018 budget consultative meetings will not be able to adequately capture the contributions and concerns of Harare residents.”

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