· Council officials implicated in bribery storm
· Residents asked to pay US$1 to avoid water cuts
HARARE City Council (HCC) has this week urged residents not to succumb to pressure from unscrupulous officials who demand bribes to avoid disconnecting water for non-payment of rates.
Zim Morning Post understands that the culprits are targeting mainly high-density suburbs in the High Glen district where they demand US$1 from residents.
In an interview with this publication, HCC spokesperson, Innocent Ruwende said he was aware of the developments and investigations were underway to bring suspects to book.
“We are aware of these culprits and we urge residents to report to the municipality and we deal with them accordingly,” Ruwende said.
Ruwende also revealed that the new billing was due for upgrading since the server is slow.
“The October bills are now being worked on and due to the input of new tariffs introduced by the supplementary budget, the process has been delayed,” he said.
HCC ditched the BIQ billing system last year after it became too expensive to maintain and city fathers had to fork out US$363 000 annually for rights to use the system.
Perrenial water woes have haunted Harare due to the dilapidated state of Morton Jaffray Waterworks.