Harare City Council seeks govt waiver to charge rates in forex

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Harare Mayor Herbert Gomba

HARARE City Council (HCC) has engaged government to lobby for legislative reforms which will enable it to charge certain ratepayers, services and products in forex.

Speaking at the State of City Address, mayor Hebert Gomba said this would enable council invest more in service delivery.

“Council is also engaging government in a bid to secure authority to charge certain ratepayers, services and products in forex.

“Zimra has since directed businesses that are trading in multicurrency to remit taxes in the same currency in which the goods have been sold. In the same vein, the city was targeting such businesses to pay for services in foreign currency as well as those in the diaspora who might want to purchase residential stands, among others,” he said.

Gomba also said council was seeking garnishing powers from Parliament to execute orders to recover over ZWL$800 million it is owed by ratepayers.

“In order to enhance revenue collection, we are also lobbying Parliament to make legislative reforms that will give powers to council to execute garnishing orders, just like it did with the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority so that we can recover over ZWL$800 million we are owed by ratepayers,” Gomba said.

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