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over sewerage charges and plastic bins
Residents Association (CHRA)
May 15, 2007
THE City of Harare and
the controversy-ridden Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA)
have both come up with controversial systems of looting resources
from the already burdened residents in the low-density suburbs by
making them pay for services they do not use.
Residents of Newlands
have been furious for the past fortnight with the City of Harare
after it asked them to pay for sewerage connections yet the majority
of them have not connected to the main sewer system. They still
use their septic tanks which are emptied once they fill up.
Their main concern is
that they are being asked to fund a non-existent service, which
they are not receiving. ZINWA has notified them that they will be
billed for sewerage charges in spite of their septic tanks.
At the same time more
residents are seriously worried that the City of Harare is going
to bill them $400 000 each for new lidded bins. This information
is contained in notices on April rates bills send out to residents
in the low density suburbs. It indicates that residents will be
billed the full cost of the new lidded plastic bins. It is suspected
that the deal is benefiting someone in the City administration since
the matter was never put to public tender, as far as residents are
Thereafter the bins will
be ready for collection from district offices.
CHRA is worried and is
investigating how this came into being and who authorized this mandatory
way of ripping ratepayers' money. The public has never been consulted
on this and the Associated urges the City of Harare to make public
its position regarding this clear attempt to rob the public of their
hard-earned cash. Those mostly concerned are the pensioners who
have no source of money to pay for additional charges.
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