Masvingo residents have rejected the 2022 budget that was increased by 400 percent and was recently approved by the government.
Masvingo United Residents and Ratepayers Alliance director Anoziva Muguti told Hevoi FM News that the approved budget does not reflect what was agreed in pre-budget consultations.
“Residents will find it difficult to pay the new rates, not that they will be resisting but that they cannot afford,”said Muguti.
“There are a number areas agreed upon during the pre-budget consultations that they were left out in this budget that was approved……That is why we say that this budget has full of loopholes.”
Masvingo Residents Forum secretary, Prosper Tiringindi also concurred.
“There are a number of areas that were left out in the approved budget and our position is that this budget does not reflect what we agreed,”said Tiringindi.
Masvingo city council is aiming to complete main projects such as the Mucheke Trunk Sewer Project and open up a new waste dumping site at Cambria Farm.