Friday, September 17, 2021

Gweru to levy 19 percent interest on defaulters


Josiah Makombe

…offers 20 percent discount on
serviced accounts


City of Gweru has said that it will levy a 19 percent
interest per annum on all unpaid bills saying the council is facing challenges
to provide services with a ballooning debt of over $270 million.

Mayor Josiah Makombe said that residents were not playing
their part for council to provide services saying service delivery is a two way

“Our residents seem to have shun the goodwill by council as
most are not paying their bills.

“This has seen debts accumulating to $277,719 803 as of November
30, 2020. Council has resolved to levy an interest of 19 percent per annum on
defaulters and reward the loyal payers by a discount of 20 percent on their
monthly bills.

“Our information team is working on the modalities and very
soon residents will receive statements reflecting these interest elements,”
said Makombe.

He called on residents
to approach the council and make payment plans to service their accounts.

“Council has to deliver services to the residents and that
can only happen when residents pay their bills. If residents do not pay, councils
cannot deliver services.

“A lot of residents cry that services have deteriorated but
what they fail to realize is that they are the ones responsible for making the
wheel turn. We do not grow money and we need residents to pay so that we could
deliver,” said Makombe.

He said that the local authority managed to procure three
high lift water pumps and are expected to be delivered this January.

“We have managed to pay for the three high lift water pumps
procured from South Africa and the process of clearing the pumps is in progress.
We want to improve water supply in the city,” said Makombe.

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