Senior Rural District Council (RDC) executives drawn from the country’s 59 administrative districts spent more than $10 million at a two-day workshop in Bulawayo.
The meeting called the Inaugural Rural District Council’s Planners Forum and Spatial Planning Conference was organised by the Association of Rural District Councils.
It was held on April 6 and 7, and delegates checked in at a hotel in Bulawayo on April 5.
The conference was organised by Netsai Makoni and Stableck Savere.
Each RDC sent two officials and paid $180 000 for each executive on full board, or $60 000 for those that were not on full board.
A letter dated 10 March 2022 signed by one Dr Matsilele, the convener of the conference read:
Full board conference package which includes free accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis, hall usage, facilitators fees (travel and accommodation), public address system, lunch and drink, conference room stationery, projector, welcome tea, morning and afternoon teas, cordials, conference apparel and networking dinner is $180 000 per delegate while conference with own stationery, projector, welcome tea, morning and afternoon conferencing teas, cordials, conference apparel and networking dinner is $60 000 per delegate.
Local authorities have often been criticised by residents for allegedly spending a lot of money on management perks and allowances while they fail to provide basic services to residents.