Council attaches debtors' property

HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) is moving to attach the properties of at least 500 debtors after obtaining a writ of execution.

Michael Chideme, the HCC principal communications officer, told the Daily News yesterday that council was owed $331 million by various debtors.

He said 52 percent of the debt is from rates and supplementary charges while the remainder is for water and sewer.

“In addition, over 3 200 summons have been issued in the past two weeks through the Messenger of Court,” Chideme said.

“Our aim is to get the residents to pay their outstanding bills.”

He said writs of execution are an action of last resort after council has exhausted all avenues possible to get people to pay their bills.

The city’s interim spokesperson said failure to pay rates by residents and businesses has affected service delivery.

He said residents who settle their outstanding bills by December 31 will have five percent of their debts credited to their accounts.

Earlier, council had been negotiating discounts of up to 30 percent with large companies. HCC hopes they would be able to fully settle 70 percent of their debts by December 31.

In addition to those who qualified to be categorised as large companies, their interest charges would also be reversed, he said.

Comments (2)

Can Chideme tell us what he intends doing about the governments debt? No doubt nothing but quite willing to attach ordinary peoples property

saundy - 12 December 2014

Notable is the fact that no mention is made about the enormous debts of the parastatals and government offices that are due to the Harare City Council (HCC). Also one needs to remember that an edict by Zanu pf via Ignatius Chombo wrote off huge earlier debts to the HCC. This action was deemed to be a populist action for garnering votes. Hypocritically Chombo repeatedly blames the HCC for poor service delivery !

Chiremba Bhunu - 12 December 2014

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