Govt owes Manzini City E17m in rates

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - Sto­ries by Si­fiso Nh­la­batsi

GOV­ERN­MENT’S ar­rears in rates at the Manzini Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil has shot up from E4 mil­lion in 2016 to E17 mil­lion in 2017.

This shock­ing fig­ure was re­vealed by Manzini Act­ing City Trea­surer Mfana­futhi Mamba yes­ter­day dur­ing a stake­hold­ers meet­ing at The Ge­orge Ho­tel.

Mamba said this when pre­sent­ing the fi­nan­cials of the 2016/17 an­nual re­port for the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Stake­hold­ers who at­tended the meet­ing raised con­cerns about such a huge debt by gov­ern­ment.

They wanted to know what coun­cil is do­ing about the non-pay­ment of rates by gov­ern­ment.

In response, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Lungile Dlamini said they are work­ing on the is­sue.

She said they en­gaged gov­ern­ment who promised to raise the owed funds.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, the stake­hold­ers said it was about time the Coun­cil con­sid­ered hav­ing their own po­lice of­fi­cers (Metro po­lice) just like in other coun­tries and the money col­lected from fines would go to the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity in­stead of go­ing to gov­ern­ment’s cof­fers.

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