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HARARE, March 6 — Funding constraints are preventing the zIMBABWE government from constituting Provincial Councils as mandated by the country’s new Constitution adopted in 2013, says Vice-President Emerson Mnangagwa.

Mnangagwa, who is also Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, said this when responding to a question raised in the Senate here Thursday on when the councils would be in place as it was now more than one year since the new Constitution was adopted.

He said that as a result of limited funds available, establishing such structures would be a further burden on the Treasury. “Let me assure the Senator that as the Executive we are as anxious as him to have that done (appointing the provincial councils),” he added.

“It would not be prudent to implement immediately and fail to pay for salaries of those people.”

Mnangagwa said when funding was available the structures would be put in place. “But let me assure the Senator that we are so committed to the idea but we do not have resources,” he added.

The new Constitution created eight provincial councils and two metropolitan provincial councils which will spearhead local development. The Mayors of Harare and Bulawayo, the two biggest cities, would chair the Harare and Bulawayo Metropolitan provinces respectively.

Members of Parliament would also be members of the Provincial Councils as well as the 10 provincial council members elected through proportional representation on party lists.

SOURCE: NEW ZIANA

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