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HARARE, The Harare City Council has started naming and shaming organizations and institutions which it varying amounts as part of a strategy to recover the dues.

In a statement issued here Friday, the council said it was owed a total of 700 million US dollars in unpaid rates, a situation which was seriously impacting on service delivery. It threatened to take legal action to recover the dues while urging the debtors to come forward and work out payment plans.

The council said it had tried without success to engage the debtors, whose dues it published in the media.

:"The city is owed over 700 million USD by various debtors," it said. "These organizations and other debtors should come with payment plans, failing which legal action that includes surrendering them to our debt collectors will be taken."

The council has published a list of more than 100 institutions, mainly schools, churches, hotels and estate agents, which owe it a combined 13.7 million USD. Top schools such as Prince Edward, Cranborne Boys High, Allan Wilson and Churchhill Boys were among those whose payments are not up to date, with some owing more than 100,000 USD.

Celebration Church, Seventh Day, Prophetic Deliverance and Healing Ministries, led by popular prophet Walter Magaya, and the AFM are among churches which owe the council about 3.9 million USD.

Hotels, among them Dawson, Courtney, Cresta Lodge and Meikles, have debts amounting to about 2.0 million USD, while Estate Agents including Dawn Properties, Knight Frank and Robert Root, which are well known for harassing clients who fail to pay their rentals on time, owe the City Council more than 3.7 million USD.

The Harare City Council has been under fire for failing or taking too long to deliver services such as water, refuse collection, road and sewer system repairs but notorious for paying its management high salaries.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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