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Government reads riot act on council debtors

Story by Theophilus Chuma

RESIDENTS in the country can expect improved service delivery from their local authorities as the government tightens its grip on revenue collection.

The move comes after it was revealed that most councils are owed millions of dollars in unpaid bills, which has had a significant impact on the delivery of services.

The government has outlined a blueprint for service delivery in local authorities, highlighting the need for improved operations.

In line with this, the government is engaging with councils to reduce the debt gap and ensure that all debtors pay their dues.

The Local Government and Public Works Minister, Honourable Winston Chitando, met with CEOs from local authorities in Nyanga, where he emphasized the need for councils to collect debts, stating that “there will be no sacred cows on revenue collection.”

“On the issue of debtors, you will be given teeth as local authorities to collect debts. Gone are the days when people did not pay their dues, not under the Second Republic. The President was very clear in the blueprint on revenue collection and service delivery and this is what we want to achieve.”

The government has met with local authorities on five occasions since the launch of the blueprint by President Emmerson Mnangagwa last month.

During these meetings, local authorities have proposed various measures for consideration.

“We are appealing to the government to investigate the prohibiting costs of gazetting a by-law which is currently pegged at US$2 000,” said Association of Rural District Councils president, Dr Aaron Shamu.

In addition, the central government plans to provide critical equipment for garbage collection by February next year.

The measures taken by the government are expected to improve service delivery in local authorities, making a positive impact on the lives of residents across Zimbabwe.

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