Gweru council complies with State directive

GWERU - Gweru City Council has complied with a directive by the outgoing minister of Local government, Ignatius Chombo, to scrap utility debts dating from February 2009 to the end of June 2013.

In a statement, town clerk, Daniel Matawu said: “The entire community of Gweru is hereby notified that the city of Gweru has fully complied with government directive.

“Bills for water, sewer, refuse, rates among have been reversed and statements with current bill that is for July 2013 have been sent to consumers.”

According to the statement, those who paid their respective bills after June 30, 2013 had their amount credited to their accounts and resultantly their account appear as paid in advanced.

In a snap survey, residents who spoke to the Daily News expressed appreciation of the council’s move while others feared that the directive would plunge the local authority into financial predicament.

Antonio Mutasa of Windsor Park suburb said the long awaited move had come to fruition.

“We thought this was a political gimmick employed by the ruling Zanu PF campaigning to garner votes.

“Fortunately they lived to their word, though at a time when we were losing hope and faith in their word.”

Another resident of Mkoba11, Kathrine Jakachira said, “The promise was long overdue and everyone was expecting it.”

Lundi Park suburb resident, Thompson Masvinge said such promises are worth fulfilling, yet the move should not compromise service delivery.

“The move is welcome but at the same time we should not only look at this critical issues one sided but consider that for sustenance and provisions for a standard service delivery, this was supposed to be done  with that in mind,” Gweru City Council is currently facing financial constraints as they have run out of funds to meet  salaries of its staff, as the council depends on money paid by ratepayers.

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