Rural and Urban councils to get 2pc tax proceeds

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CBZ bank in partnership with Harare City Council, will construct a shopping mall as well as structures for the vendors who have been relocated from Harare central business district (CBD) at the newly allocated Coca Cola trading centre, Harare City Council spokesperson Michael Chideme has confirmed. During an interview with the Mail and Telegraph, Chideme said most of the structures which have been put in place at Coca Cola trading centre are temporary since there is a bigger plan for the area. “So far we have put in place temporary structures at Coca Cola. We have also managed to build pavements to avoid mud during the rainy season. We have provided vendors with white tents as well to cover themselves from direct sun. Most of the structures we have put in place are temporary because as council we have partnered with CBZ which will build a shopping mall at the place as well as vending structures at the place,” he said. Chideme also noted the use of the word “evicted” to describe how the vendors were moved from the CBD to Coca Cola site. “Saying the vendors were evicted from the CBD is not correct. Vendors were relocated not evicted. You will find out that some of the vendors who are now operating in that area were registered to operate there last year. The word eviction is not proper,” he said. However, vendors were crying foul over the poor facilities at the new site which posed a threat to the safety of their wares.
During an interview with the Mail and Telegraph, Chideme said most of the structures which have been put in place at Coca Cola trading centre are temporary since there is a bigger plan for the area.


Rural and Urban Councils are set to receive the recently introduced 2% intermediary money transfer tax for the provision of water and sewer rehabilitation, an official has said.
Speaking at a press conference on a grant signing ceremony of the Emergency to Control and Avert the 2018 cholera outbreak, Secretary for finance in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development George Guvamatanga said the money was also going to be used in devolution of power in councils.
We have also started as government to ensure that we seriously look at water and sanitation .
“I think this is being largely funded by newly introduced intermediary money transfer tax, the 2% over and over and above using it as well to look after whole devolution but the funds that we are also putting into the provinces will further enable us to look at our infrastructure as well so there is quite a lot of effort now to ensure that as government there is support for water and sanitation,” Guvamatanga said.
He said government was looking at 18 Rural District Councils and 18 Urban Councils that are going to be supported.
“I think for the 2019 budget, we are looking at 18 Rural District Councils where we are looking at water and sanitation, provision of water as well as sewer rehabilitation.
“We are also looking at another 18 urban councils where as government, we are also going to be supporting,” he said.
This comes as Harare City Council is proposing to sell its debtors’ book so that it can raise funds to fund its service delivery mandate.
councils have been failing to provide proper sanitation for residents resulting in cholera outbreaks that have since claimed a lot of lives.
Water has been scarce in some parts of the country with some parts like Warren Park getting water twice a week.