No joy for rate payers as Harare hikes rates by 400 percent

By John Nhandara

HARARE City Council has started implementing its ZW$41,8 billion 2022 budget, with rates having been hiked by up to 400 percent with effect from the first of this month.

Harare City Council spokesperson, Michael Chideme confirmed that the budget is being implemented in phases.

“We have made our budget basing on the interbank rate. Adjustments have been made, for example 87 percent on some rates,” he said.

The first to be affected were motorists, who will now pay a minimum of US$100 fine for clamped vehicles.

With the budget being implemented in phases, ZBC News has it on good authority that motorists will soon be required to pay around ZW$600, up from ZW$120 for parking in the central business district.

Rates for water, refuse collection and other services have also been hiked and residents will have to fork out more, come end of the month.