Residents owe coun­cil $40m

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Mashonalan­d Central & West News - Bless­ings Chi­dakwa in KADOMA

KADOMA Mu­nic­i­pal­ity is owed over $40 mil­lion by residents and other ratepay­ers, a sit­u­a­tion that is af­fect­ing ser­vice de­liv­ery.

Over the past few years, the debt has con­tin­ued to bal­loon.

The debt was pegged at $33 mil­lion as at De­cem­ber 31, 2017, but by March 31 this year, it had in­creased to $40,2 mil­lion.

In an interview, Kadoma town clerk Mr Malvern Dondo ex­pressed con­cern over the ris­ing debt.

“Coun­cil is owed $40 245 757 in­clud­ing land sales. If we re­move land sales, the debt stands at $36 657 631, bro­ken down as fol­lows; residents, $15 686 386, com­mer­cial, $19 578 201 and in­sti­tu­tional, $1 393 044 as at March 31, 2018,” he said.

Mr Dondo said plans were un­der­way to re-in­tro­duce last year’s per­cent­age based dis­count scheme to ratepay­ers whose ac­counts were up to date. The move is aimed at en­tic­ing debtors to pay up their dues.

“This year we have not been of­fer­ing that scheme, but we hope to re-in­tro­duce it any­time soon. Last year we of­fered a 40 per­cent dis­count on those whose ac­counts that were up to date and a size­able num­ber of residents, cor­po­rate and other in­sti­tu­tions took ad­van­tage of the dis­count to clear their ar­rears,” he said.

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