Zimbabwe: Redcliff Municipality to Drag Residents to Courtroom

Financially strangled Redcliff Municipality which is battling to get better about $30 million from each residents and company residents has threatened authorized motion in opposition to defaulters.

City clerk Gilson Chakauya warned residents that council will resort to court docket motion in the event that they fail to settle their money owed within the subsequent 14 days.

“We hereby demand full cost of the excellent quantity inside 14 days,” Chakauya stated in a closing letter of demand to the residents.

“If this matter isn’t resolved by the point specified above. I reserve the proper to start authorized proceedings to get better the debt with out additional discover to you and this letter could also be rendered in court docket as your proof of failure to pay.

“Authorized motion could end in you having to pay authorized prices, curiosity and will influence in your credit score historical past.”

Residents owe the native authority a mean of $1,000 every.

Some nevertheless disputed the sums demanded by council.

“I obtained a closing letter of demand from the council with $2000 in debt,” stated one resident.

“I actually do not know the place the determine is coming from as our council has been struggling within the space of service supply.

“They’ve been struggling to offer us with constant water provides; so, these letters come as a fantastic shock to us.”

Mayor Clayton Masiyatsva pleaded with residents to come clean with their monetary obligations for an improved service supply.

“Our council someday in 2016 handed over its residents to debt collectors equivalent to effectively money however latter determined to get rid of externalisation of debt assortment.

“Redcliff Municipality has since established an inner debt assortment part and it’s that part which is now reminding residents to come back ahead to speak to us, by making cost plans for us to have steady provide of water from Kwekwe.

“We’re owed greater than $27 million by each residents and corporates, however we aren’t gathering sufficient from our stakeholders.

“We launched reductions for December and January however just a few responded do for the advantage of service supply and the city at giant we’re encouraging all residents who’ve obtained these closing letters of demand to come back ahead and make cost plans.

“We’re a listening council and anticipating our residents to conform to our letters.”

Redcliff can be owed round $18 million by the now defunct steelmaker Zisco.

Authorities has since assumed the parastatal’s debt however is nevertheless, but to make any funds to the municipality.

Council has since indicated that the Zisco debt has elevated for the reason that authorities takeover and is, by curiosity, accumulating an estimated $330,000 monthly.

The MDC managed council seems divided on the corporate’s debt with some councillors calling for a write off since authorities is proving to be a foul debtor.

Some nevertheless argue {that a} debt write off would render the native authority bancrupt.

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