BCC dis­con­nects de­fault­ers

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Oliver Kazunga Se­nior Re­porter

THE Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil has em­barked on a mas­sive water dis­con­nec­tion ex­er­cise to force de­fault­ing res­i­dents to set­tle their bills.

In a state­ment, the Town Clerk, Mr Christo­pher Dube, said the mu­nic­i­pal­ity was dis­con­nect­ing water sup­plies with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

He said the ex­er­cise was meant to en­cour­age res­i­dents to make pay­ment plans.

“The City of Bu­l­awayo would like to ad­vise res­i­dents and mem­bers of the pub­lic that we will be dis­con­nect­ing water sup­plies with im­me­di­ate ef­fect on all res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial prop­er­ties whose ac­counts are in ar­rears.

“You are there­fore en­cour­aged to bring your ac­counts up to date in or­der to avoid this in­con­ve­nience,” he said.

Mr Dube said pay­ments can be made at all district of­fices and at the Rev­enue Hall.

Res­i­dents were en­cour­aged to make use of plas­tic money and elec­tronic pay­ments plat­forms.

The BCC be­gan the water dis­con­nec­tion ex­er­cise in Cow­dray Park Sub­urb on Satur­day.

Some af­fected Cow­dray Park res­i­dents who spoke to Chron­i­cle yes­ter­day ex­pressed anger over the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s fail­ure to give them no­tice be­fore car­ry­ing out the ex­er­cise.

One of the af­fected res­i­dents, Mrs Gla­dys Nkomo, whose bill had gone un­paid for about five months, had water at her house cut off on Satur­day.

Be­fore the dis­con­nec­tion, she paid $20 from the $287 she owed BCC on Mon­day last week.

“It’s not that I don’t want to pay my water bill; the eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion we are liv­ing in is tough and I am fail­ing to make ends meet,” she said.

“We’re re­ally dis­mayed by the po­si­tion the City Coun­cil has taken to dis­con­nect water with­out prior no­tice. We agree we’re in­debted to BCC but at least they should have in­formed us well be­fore hand of their in­tended ac­tion so that we also have time to look for the money.”

An­other res­i­dent, Mr Na­jim Es­sop, whose water was also dis­con­nected, said they were afraid that there could soon be a dis­ease out­break in Cow­dray Park.

An­other res­i­dent who pre­ferred not to be named said: “What BCC has done is grossly un­fair. At least if the City Coun­cil had given us prior no­tice we could have ne­go­ti­ated for pay­ment plans or else they should have given us a grace pe­riod to bring our ac­counts up to date.” — okazunga

Mr Christo­pher Dube

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