Debtors owe Chiredzi RDC US$1 million
CHIREDZI – Chiredzi Rural District Council (RDC)’s performance is saddled by a huge debt of US$1 million owed to it by various debtors including sugarcane farmers, Government Departments and Safari operators, the local authority’s Finance Committee chairperson, Alderman Murawu Munyengeri has said.
He said thisduring a full council meeting held for the presentation of the 2023 budget proposal last week.
Munyengeri said sugarcane farmers owed 90% of that debt and at one time the local authority almost contracted debt collectors to recover the amounts. This was only stopped after payment plans were agreed upon.
Also giving the local authority headaches are safari operators, the budget report said.
“The council is owed US$ 1 047 402,48 by corporates, Government departments, business, residential stand owners, council schools, sugarcane farmers, rate payers and safari operators,” said Munyengeri.
“Some companies have reasonable amounts but sugarcane farmers constitute the largest amount and we also have problems with Safari operators,” said Baloyi.