HCC owed massive debt by ratepayers

  • Ratepayers owe HCC in excess of ZWL900 million
  • Audit instituted to deal with corrupt employees

HARARE City Council (HCC) is on Monday said it is owed over ZWL900 million by ratepayers, resulting in the municipality failing to provide most basic services.

In an exclusive interview with the Zim Morning Post, HCC spokesperson Michael Chideme confirmed that both the business community and residents owed the city several millions of dollars in unpaid rates and service charges.

We are failing to provide clean water and other services to residents because they have not been paying the money they owe the struggling local authority,” he said. 

The Harare municipality reportedly requires about ZWL18 million monthly for water treatment chemicals and other related expenses, without clean water to the capital would be difficult to deliver.

Meanwhile, Michael Chideme said measures were underway to deal with all employees found to be corrupt.

Stiff measures are going to be taken against corrupt employees after audits have been taken.

We are taking our revenue collection efforts a notch up.

“We want all residents owing the city to pay up.

Our employees are geared for this challenge, so we hope by year-end to have reached our target through commitment, integrity and transparency,” Chisango said.

One thought on “HCC owed massive debt by ratepayers

  1. The City of Harare executives take residents for granted. While residents the obligation to pay their rates, they cannot pay for services which are not being delivered. Although the MDC leader, Nelson Chamisa boasted that his party controls 28 out of the country’s 32 urban local authorities, the world should know that the party’s councillors together with municipal executives have brought these once beautiful spaces to their knees.

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