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    Chiredzi Town Council owes Tongaat $1,3m


    MORRIS BISHI
    CHIREDZI BUREAU

    CHIREDZI- Chiredzi Town Council is broke and ratepayers must pay up what they owe the local authority before there is a total collapse of services.
    The Town Council owes workers eight months salaries and has not paid sugar-giant Tongaat Hullet for water supplied. The debt to Tongaat has become so nagging that water supplies to the town maybe discontinued anytime.
    Speaking to ratepayers during a stakeholders meeting held at the Council boardroom last Thursday, Town chairman Francis Moyo said council is owed $10m by residents, businesses, Government departments, schools and churches which if paid will improve the financial position of the local authority.
    "Our financial situation at Council is dire and there really is danger of collapse of things now. I called this meeting so that together we can come up with ways of improving revenue collection. We are owed $10m by ratepayers yet we can't pay our workers who are now threatening industrial action.
    "Tongaat Hulett is threatening to disconnect water to the town due to the huge amount which it is owed," said Moyo.
    Chiredzi Residents and Ratepayers Association (CHRRA) chairman Jonathan Muusha Mupamombe said Council management and leaders of ratepayers associations should jointly address meetings and appeal to different sectors to pay rates. He urged Council to stop disconnecting water to residents in arrears but to put an incentive which encourages debtors to pay.
    Chiredzi Business Community (CBC) chairman Edmore Makovere said he was happy with the move taken by Council that saw some bills slashed by over 400 percent. He said there should be continuous engagement between council and ratepayers.
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