An indication of the impending crisis Zimbabwe is the fact that, following an expose of the obscene salaries of council bosses, they were directed to cap their salaries, but they continued to circumvent the directive, and are now selling council land to continue paying those salaries and perks.
What will happen when the councils run out of land? Is anyone really managing these local authorities? Service delivery is already so poor that it cannot get any poorer, yet the fraudulent abuse of rate-payers is still going on under the noses of the Minister of Local Government.
The government in March ordered the slashing of mega salaries for local authorities' bosses to a maximum of US$6 000 a month, including allowances, which itself was still irrational given that they are presiding over local councils in a country in which the GDP per capita is under $500, or under $40 per month.