GWANDA – Some councillors at Gwanda Town Council have proposed that the local authority identify aged and disadvantaged people who have no means to pay rates and give them leave from paying.
The councillors argued that it did not make sense that council was making annual budgets every year that included residents who are known would never pay the bills because of incapacitation.
Ward 9 Councillor Thulani Moyo said Wards must identify and come up with a list of people who are old and vulnerable and cannot pay rates.
"We need to work closely with residents so that they identify the old and the vulnerable so that we can assist by not billing them," said Moyo.
The social welfare department at the council had also noted that there were vulnerable people included on the budget when it was certain that they would not pay anything.
Ward 7 councillor Jastone Mazhale said the M.O.G has a social responsibilty hence the need for it to consider this resolution.
"We have a social responsibility to look after vulnerable groups in our society. Billing these people and budgeting on people who will never afford to pay is a waste of time and resources. We would rather concentrate on those that have the means and ability," he said.
Mazhale argued that there were such people who now owe council as much as $2 000 and there is nothing to attache even if the local council was determined to recover its debts.
However the Town Clerck Priscilla Nkala said that although the proposal was is noble it is but difficult for the M.O.G to implement.