While Zimbabwe capital city of Harare struggles to pay its public workers, the City Council has decided to spend US$32, 500 in order to provide for Mayor Councillor Herbert Gomba’s reciprocal five-day visit to China.
The delegation which also includes the acting business development manager, city planner, wastewater manager as well as public and international affairs officer will hold a meeting with the officials from Nanjing in December.
According to the reports, the council hopes this step would strengthen the bilateral ties between the two cities, ensuring additional business deals and consulting on various economic and social issues.
However, the above-normal spending has sparked a backlash among the local community who claimed it was irresponsible to allocate such large sums of money for international visits, especially at the time when Harare could not afford to cover its own needs.
“We do not have anything to celebrate from these trips. They are money-making ventures where councillors and senior management take turns to spend ratepayers’ money,” Harare Residents Trust (HRT) director Mr Precious Shumba declared.