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CASH-STRAPPED Victoria Falls Municipality has approached the courts over $8 million it is owed by ratepayers.

The council engaged Dube and Company Legal Practitioners to institute legal proceedings on its behalf.

Summons sent to defaulters read: “you are hereby summoned that you within seven days after service of this summon you enter or cause to be entered with me or also the plaintiff and file a notice of intention to defendto answer the claim of Vitoria Falls Municipality a local authority duly constituted according to the laws of Zimbabwe against unpaid water and services and interest at 5 percent per annum.”

Council officials said by last week, they had secured default judgments against more than 40 residents who had ignored the court summons.

The residents are likely to lose their property through a public auction.

Town Clerk Christopher Dube said although legal action is the last option, residents needed to be encouraged to pay their bills as the proceeds from the auction could not raise the owed amount.

“Some of the residents have had default judgments passed against them but unfortunately if we take property from them we won’t raise the money which stands at more than $8 million,” Dube told NewZmbabwe.com.

Residents owe between $300 and $1,000 in unpaid bills and rates. The money has accumulated since the time the country adopted the multi-currency regime in 2009.

Source : New Zimbabwe