Gweru engages debt collectors over $25m

GWERU - The Gweru City Council has engaged debt collectors in an effort to recover over $25 million owed by defaulting ratepayers.

The debt comes at a time the city owes more than $24 million to its creditors and has been struggling to pay its workers on time.

Tapiwa Marerwa, the deputy town clerk, said the debt collection was underway.

“We have intensified our debt collection exercise.

“After this phase, we hope to recover money owed to council,” Marerwa said.

If the residents pay up, the council hopes it will be able to meet its obligations.

Marerwa said the local authority is disconnecting water supplies as a way of expediting the clearance of outstanding bills, even though this is outlawed under the new Constitution.

“We are not ruthless, but we always warn them before disconnecting water,” he said.

Marerwa said the council was offering discounts for ratepayers willing to pay half of outstanding rates.

“If residents pay half of their outstanding rates, council extends the payment to December,” he said.

He said council’s debt position has made it increasingly difficult to pay its workers on time.

“Like any other institution in Zimbabwe, we are struggling to pay our workers,” he said.

The council is also finding it difficult to efficiently collect refuse, while water rationing continues.

Comments (1)

Vakomana life is difficult out there. How can you ask debtcollectors to collect monies with interest and yet people would have failed to pay for services without interest. The problem is that your bills are too high and people cannot afford them. Revise your salaries downwards things will start working well for the city and its residents

Doctor - 14 August 2014

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