Ratepayers owe Gokwe Council $216 million 

Sydney Mubaiwa 

MIDLANDS BUREAU 

GOKWE – Gokwe Town Council is owed over $216 million by ratepayers  while its credit has dropped to $7, 7 million. 

The local authority’s acting finance director Tafadzwa Kwirirai told the Mirror that Gokwe Town Council is as at June 30, 2022 owed $216, 3 million by various clients with residents owing the local authority almost half of the amount.

“Our residents are failing to meet their obligations and we are owed over $216 million by residents and other departments. We have however, started to make improvised strategies to recover debts through daily debt follow-ups and the use of SMS billing systems,” he said. 

He said the local authority as at June 30 2022, reduced its credit to $7, 7 million down from $10.4 million in May.

“We have cleared arrears with National Social Security Authority (NSSA), Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA), Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (ZIMDEF) and suppliers like TelOne. We are trying our level best to clear our dues to avoid hiking interests and penalties which may affect us as council,” he said. 

Gokwe Town Council has attracted notable investors into the fast developing Midlands town. 

One of the country’s leading chain stores Pick n Pay was allocated a stand to construct its wholesale in the local authority’s commercial zone while Chicken Inn was also allocated a stand and has started operating.

Last month, Express Chicken International opened a state of the art fast food outlet while Premier Medical Aid Society has also started to construct a perimeter wall at its stand.

Network service providers like Econet and NetOne have also started operating in Gokwe while Kwekwe Poly has also extended its wings to Gokwe.

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