By Michael Gwarisa
CITY of Harare is set to purchase 20 additional refuse collection trucks and skip bins in line with its decentralisation drive which will see independent districts or zones running their own affairs.
Briefing a decentralisation stakeholder workshop, acting town clerk Josephine Ncube said the decentralisation process would see a lot of changes taking place in the manner in which council business is done as the city has segmented different areas into Zones and districts.
“One of the major areas decentralisation would look at is Waste management, we are looking at buying 20 new refuse collecting trucks before the year ends. I cant give the value of the money we are going to spend towards the purchase of these trucks as of now.
“In terms of financing, we are going to buy these vehicles through loan financing from the revenue we collect as council,” said Ncube.
Harare has been battling with waste management over the years and refuse collection was being done by a current fleet of 45 refuse compactors which has outlasted its lifespan, and suffers from constant break downs and erratic refuse collection.
Harare City Council Director of Works Eng Phillip Pfukwa also hinted on the plans by council to acquire new refuse trucks and added that the city will also be purchasing skip bins so as to improve the waste management situation.
Meanwhile, the decentralisation exercise which council adopted early this year is set to address bureaucratic issues as well as improve efficiency among new independent zones or districts which have been birthed by the new system. The new system will see districts retaining 25 percent of all revenue collected in the area to fund local shared programmes.
The 75 percent that goes to the center will deal with capital projects, salaries and general administration of the city.
Deputy Mayor CLLR Christopher Mbanga hinted that the decentralisation process means a transfer of powers from the town house to districts.
“This means the officials at the district level are empowered to make decisions that have traditionally resided at head office. Those are decisions with local impact, decisions that affect the local community such as water, bill payment, health, roads, street lighting, grass cutting, storm drain clearance. debt settlement among a host of other services within the domain and jurisdiction of the district officers and their chief area administrators,” said Mbanga.