Councillors of the Kumba 2 council have heaped blame on tax officials, the government of Cameroon and the Kumba City council for the poor realization of the council budget for 2008. This was during their first ordinary session for 2009 held on Wednesday July 15, 2009 to examine and adopt the administrative and management accounts of 2008.
Addressing the Councillors, Mr Asapngu Ferdinand Nkiaka, Mayor of Kumba 2 Council, said the budget was voted and approved for income and expenditure in the sum of 302.000.000 FCFA but only 72.652.836 FCFA was realized, representing 24.06%. This, the Mayor said, was due to the fact that taxation officials were too relaxed in the collection of the said taxes.
He blamed the government for underestimating the population of the Kumba 2 Subdivision by giving them only 25 council seats. The population of Kumba 2 Sub Division is estimated at three hundred thousand inhabitants, he said. Another cause, Mayor Asapngu posited came from the fact that the Kumba City Council collects rents and other taxes from the Fiango Market which they did not contribute to build; as well as collecting parking fees, loading and offloading fees from within Kumba 2 Municipality and not giving the approved subventions to Kumba 2 Council.
The worse, the Mayor said, is even happening now as they have forcefully taken over the Fiango market, thereby making it difficult for them to collect the global tax and market tolls as approved in their 2009 budget and in complete violation of the deliberations of the last city council meeting. The councillors therefore called on the taxation officials to ameliorate the situation during this last half of the 2009 financial year and also on the supervisory authority of the council to intervene to correct the situation.
Meanwhile the S.D.O for Meme Abath Zangbwala Magloire called on the councillors to be realistic when drafting the budget and also to enable peace to reign within the municipality. After the examination the accounts were adopted with a surplus of over one million francs.
By Ekema Raymond