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Govt Warns Local Authorities Against Engaging Debt Collectors

Govt Warns Local Authorities Against Engaging Debt Collectors

The Government has reminded local authorities that it is illegal to engage debt collectors to recover what they are owed by ratepayers.

Members of Parliament last week sought clarification following reports some local authorities were enlisting the services of debt collectors.

Local Government and Public Works Deputy Minister, Marian Chombo, said a Government directive in 2010 which prohibited the attachment of private property by local authorities over non-payment of rates was still in place. Said Chombo:

There has not been any other circular to supersede [Local Government Circular 3 of 2010] – so, it is still in effect.

We are bound by the Constitution, we have to provide things like water and so forth.

You really cannot go out or cut the livelihood of the common person, so there should be other means for them to be able to collect, rather than engaging debt collectors, who are going to charge even more.

She said the involvement of debt collectors sometimes has unintended consequences for local authorities.

Local authorities across the country have been struggling to collect revenue for years, with Harare City Council, for example, owed $17 billion in unpaid rates.

More: H-Metro


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13 Comments

Gurundoro 4Β days ago

We vulnerable... pensioners we failing to pay these quarterly increases.. Our economy is down ward mode....


πŸ…ΌπŸ…°πŸ†πŸ…°πŸ†…πŸ…°πŸ†‰πŸ…° 4Β days ago

𝑳𝒐𝒄𝒂𝒍 π’ˆπ’—π’•π’” π’Žπ’–π’”π’• 𝒔𝒆𝒕 𝒖𝒑 𝒅𝒆𝒃𝒕 π’‚π’π’π’†π’—π’Šπ’‚π’•π’Šπ’π’ π’‘π’“π’π’ˆπ’“π’‚π’Žπ’” 𝒕𝒐 𝒂𝒕𝒕𝒂𝒄𝒉 𝒂𝒇𝒇𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒆𝒅𝒔 π’“π’†π’”π’Šπ’…π’†π’π’•π’” 𝒐𝒏 π’„π’π’–π’π’„π’Šπ’ 𝒔𝒉𝒐𝒓𝒕 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒄𝒕 𝒋𝒐𝒃𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒏 π’…π’†π’ƒπ’Šπ’• 𝒂𝒕 𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒕 π’•π’˜π’ π’•π’‰π’Šπ’“π’… 𝒐𝒇 π’‰π’†π’Šπ’“ π’”π’‚π’π’‚π’“π’Šπ’†π’” 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’„π’π’–π’π’„π’Šπ’ 𝒂𝒄𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒕. 𝑻𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒔𝒐 π’Žπ’‚π’π’š π’˜π’‰π’†π’“π’† π’„π’π’–π’π’„π’Šπ’π’” 𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 π’†π’Žπ’‘π’π’π’š π’…π’†π’‡π’‚π’–π’π’•π’Šπ’π’ˆ π’“π’†π’”π’Šπ’…π’†π’π’•π’” π’†π’ˆ. 𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒆𝒍 π’„π’π’†π’‚π’π’Šπ’π’ˆ , 𝒑𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒆 π’‡π’Šπ’π’π’Šπ’π’ˆ. π‘Ίπ’π’‚π’”π’‰π’Šπ’π’ˆ 𝒂𝒏𝒅 π’„π’π’†π’‚π’“π’Šπ’π’ˆ π’„π’Šπ’•π’š π’π’—π’†π’“π’ˆπ’“π’π’˜π’•π’‰ 𝒂𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒔 𝒆𝒕𝒄


Tintin 3Β days ago

haiwawo communist mentality tibvirepo pseudo intelligence.

BOB DID IT IN 2013 AND NOW WE'RE SUFFERING THE CONSEQUENCES KU ZESA 4Β days ago

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Tateguru 5Β days ago

Some things should be free. Almost everyone is paying rates etc direct to indirectly.

When a commuter Vehicle pays toll fees it means every paying passenger has contributed indirecting.

Some services should be free


Tateguru 5Β days ago

... has contributed indirectly.

Kanda 5Β days ago

government is the largest debtor of each and every local authority


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Dhuterere 5Β days ago

government Interferences in running local authorities is the root cause of poor infrastructure mantainance and services delivery


provider 5Β days ago

@true Vhotera Zanu iwe namai vako


true 5Β days ago

lets all vote zanu pf


M Deedee 5Β days ago

The gvt is trying to interfere with the running of local councils. It is one reason why the local authorities are failing to fund their activities and programs. The Pomona deal is another example. National gvt interference towards election the same national gvt will pretend they want to rescue the struggling local authorities to gain political milage


Chawabvunza 5Β days ago

I support government on the engegement of debt collectors. If citizens get better salaries they will pay their bills.

NYIKA INOURAIWA NEVENE VAYO.

NGAAPINDE HAKE CHAMISA [NHC].

[VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE].


BABA VA BLUE πŸ’™ 5Β days ago

Siyanai nema debt collectors focus on building the economy

ko Ivo ambuya vezvima grazi ivava vanomboita nezvei mashatiro acho zvakaoma



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