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Chombo scraps water bills
July 23, 2013
minister Ignatius Chombo yesterday directed local authorities to
scrap all outstanding rates as at June 30 2013 in what observers
view as an attempt at urban
vote buying by Zanu-PF.
the move to scrap the rates was in line with Zanu-PF’s pro-poor
policy championed by President Robert Mugabe.
of Section 133 of the Rural District Councils Act Chapter 29:13
as read with section 303 of the Urban
Councils Act chapter 29:15 of Councils are directed to write
off debts in respect of rentals, unit tax, development levy, refuse
charges and water and sewer fees as at June 30, 2013. Similarly
amounts owed by residents in respect of rates since February 2009
stand prescribed in terms of section 15 of the prescription Act,”
Zesa to embrace the concessionary arrangement put in place in order
to protect vulnerable members of the community.
depicts a situation where the odds are conspicuously against the
rate payers. The scenario is contrary to the pro-poor policies as
championed by President Mugabe,” said Chombo.
management of MDC-T run urban local authorities, embarked on an
unfettered disempowerment agenda by repossessing stands and houses
from citizens who had outstanding bills,” he said.
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