Harare City Council fails to pay workers

HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) has once again failed to pay its workers September salaries, amid the scraping off of bills and a new ballooning debt by defaulters.

As of yesterday, all employees of the city council had not yet been paid their September dues.

The city is being haunted by bankruptcy and has struggled to meet demands of its day-to-day running after Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo gave the council a directive to cancel all bills for the last three years.

HCC is owed $31 million by water and property defaulters.

The council was owed $5 million in unpaid water bills after cancellation of debts.

Efforts to get a comment from the city authorities were fruitless yesterday, but workers say word going around is that September salaries would be paid end of this month.

Harare was understood to be owed about $400 million before the debt cancellations.

The move to scrap off bills was criticised as a political stunt that would cause grave consequences to both residents and council.

HCC also requires $3 million to purchase water chemicals monthly, among other requirements.

The city is believed to generate 60 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

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