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City of Harare finally releases financial data after lawyers intervene
Residents Association (CHRA)
October 10, 2012
On Monday, we
reported that we had
engaged lawyers to push City of Harare to release financial data
which we had requested in six different letters but to no avail
. This was necessitated by the continued reluctance by the City
technocrats in releasing the documents that we had requested. Yesterday,
City of Harare sent in three documents i.e. 2010-12 City budget
proposed figures and final expenditure figures as well. CHRA has
received these documents and is now doing an analysis what the figures
mean. CHRA has notified the City of Harare that the information
supplied is HIGHLY INADEQUATE, conceals critical detail and will
NOT be sufficient for an effective evaluation. We have since written
a new communication to the City to release more accurate information.
CHRA needs 2010-2012 initial, final appropriations and actual expenditures.
The budget information must be properly classified, that is, it
must show administrative, economic and functional classification.
This classification is international best practice of budget presentation
that reveals critical spending and budgeting patterns. The need
to evaluate financial performance comes as a principle of public
management and the need to create a social accountability system
in which stakeholders of a local government or central government
can assess whether taxes or rates being paid are being put to good
use and the results of the evaluation can be used in policy recommendations
and participatory budget sessions.
CHRA is now
in possession of the aforementioned data and would like to encourage
those interested in the information that we have to either write
to us or call our office and the information will be made available
to you. Meanwhile we have submitted the reports to a public finance
consultant who will do the data evaluation to see whether the City
is operating on the right track.
would like to encourage all public entities that sit on information
which is supposed to be for public consumption to constantly release
such data as it promotes a culture of transparency and accountability.
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