The Harare Residents Trust (HRT) takes seriously its mandate to monitor Harare City Council pre-budget consultative meetings within communities on a yearly basis. These pre-budget meetings are conducted by the City of Harare in line with the Ministerial Guidelines identified as Local Government Circular Number 3 of 2012 which give guidelines on how to produce a city budget, designed by the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing. Harare has 46 council wards and each of the councillors has to hold one pre-budget consultative meeting ahead of the adoption of the 2019 City of Harare budget. As part of the Monitoring and Evaluation exercise for the 2019 Budget, the HRT used its monitoring template in the scrutinizing of the pre-budget meetings, setting residents’ priorities and checking to see that the officials and councillors conducting the pre-budget meetings are following similar procedures and delivering in the same manner. This report gives details of proceedings for each scheduled pre-budget meeting that was held between 05 and 07 October 2018. The narrations contained in this report were provided by HRT representatives who were deployed to observe and document all the proceedings at the meetings. They were assigned to check the content, the conduct of the meetings, the unpacking of the 2018 budget, performance by the council officials, noted the participation and concerns raised by residents in the meetings.
Source: Harare Residents Trust (HRT)