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The City of Harare has engaged a debt collection company to recover more than half billion US dollars owed by residents of the Zimbabwean capital, says City Council spokesperson Michael Chideme.

He told New Ziana Tuesday that the local authority was now owed more than 550 million USD in unpaid rates and bills by residents, government departments and businesses.

Harare customers and residents owe the city in excess of 550 million USD so the council has engaged a debt collector, who is collecting the money from residents on our behalf, he said.

Chideme said enlisting the services of a debt collector had assisted the city to make tremendous progress in pushing residents to pay up.

The response is very good because now residents are coming through to make payment plans. As a council we continue to urge residents to utilize the various bill payment platforms available to settle their debts, as well as making payment plans with council to avoid losing property, he said.

He said failure by residents to pay council bills had continued to cripple service delivery in the capital. The Harare municipality is presently battling to contain a typhoid outbreak which has been attributed to its failure to provide potable running water, collecting refuse regularly as well as providing proper sanitation facilities.

Residents have also accused city fathers and senior council officials of milking council coffers dry by demanding hefty salaries and allowances.

The government has also attributed the typhoid scourge to erratic water supply in some parts of the city, poor refuse collection, sewer blockages and spillages among other inefficiencies.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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