Tenants owe Zibagwe RDC $56 million

SYDNEY MUBAIWA
MIDLANDS BUREAU
KWEKWE – Zibagwe Rural District Council (RDC) is hamstrung by a debt of $56 million that it is owed by ratepayers, the local authority’s Chief Executive Officer Farai Machaya has said.
Machaya told The Mirror on Monday that the council is struggling to recover the money which is owed by ratepayers and companies.
“We have a situation where our debtors are struggling to pay us their dues and this has adversely affected our service delivery front. As at June 30, ratepayers owed us about $56 076 889.85 and the figure has already gone up.
“We are still engaging them to settle their dues by making payment plans,” he said.
He said ratepayers were negatively affected by the Covid-19 lockdown induced closure which cut short business trading hours. The local authority managed to collect $22 million against a target of 42 million during the second quarter of this year.
“We have received a total of $28 million which is 16% of our annual budget allocation of $137 million,” he said.
Machaya also added that, the rural district council received $16 million from Zinara for the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme and a further $1.9 million for routine road maintenance.
Turning to 2022, Machaya said the local authority has already started its budget making process for the year.
“We are in the process of coming up with a proposed budget figure for the year 2022. There are procedures to be followed and these are budget review, formulation, consolidation, consultation, full council meeting and submissions.
” The 2022 budget is going to focus on better service delivery for ratepayers through the provision of water and sanitation, good road infrastructure, public safety and health care services among others,” he said.

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