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LCC introduces revenue reforms

LCC acting public relations manager Mulunda Habenzu says the introduction of revenue reforms is aimed at promoting efficiency and effective management of revenue. The Lusaka City Council (LCC) has introduced revenue reforms following governments directive to all councils to minimise human contact in revenue mobilisation.
The directive was issued through the ministry of Local Government and housing.
In an interview with Lusaka star, LCC acting public relations manager Mulunda Habeenzusaid the move was aimed at promoting efficiency and effective management of revenue.
Mr. Habenzu said the council would close several bank accounts and maintain separate transit accounts without signatories where all deposits from revenue streams would be made.
He said during the period of revenue accumulation, no expenditure would be allowed.
“After the 15th day of every month, management will convene meetings and prioritise payment for the service required to be executed in a month,” Mr Mulunda said.
And the council has revealed that the ministry has approved a budget worth over eighteen million kwacha for 2014.
Mr. Habenzu said the approval is pursuant to the provisions of section 39 (1) of the local government act, cap 281 of the laws of Zambia.
He has since cautioned the council to adhere to the approved budgetary provisions in order to enhance efficiency and effective service delivery.
Meanwhile, Lusaka city council has bemoaned the continued Garbage accumulation on road pavements in town centre.
The LCC Acting Public Relations Manager said the increasing garbage in the streets is mainly caused by street vendors who refuse to make contributions to enable the council collect the garbage.
Mr Mulunda said the lack of adequate funds had made it difficult and expensive for the council to collect the garbage as the vendors have since not subscribed to the prepaid garbage collection system.
“Despite efforts by the Street Vending Association against disposal of garbage in undesignated areas, the garbage has continued increasing”, he said.
Mr. Habenzu cautioned vendors to take responsibility in ensuring they dispose waste in designated areas to prevent any disease outbreaks.
He has since urged the street vending association to ensure it adequately educates vendors on the adherence of proper sanitation.

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