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Harare Threatens To Convert Residents' ZWL Debts To US Dollars

Harare Threatens To Convert Residents' ZWL Debts To US Dollars

The City of Harare said that it will convert residents’ unpaid Zimbabwe dollar bills and rates to United States dollars if the debts remain unpaid three months after a payment plan has been agreed to.

The Harare City Council (HCC), in a statement on Twitter on Thursday, said failure to pay after three months, residents will have their debts converted into foreign currency, at the interbank rate so that the local authority preserves the value of the money. Read the statement:

Residents who fail to retire their debts within three months of being invited to negotiate payment plans will have their outstanding debts converted to United States dollars at the interbank rate and pay the debts in US$.

Council owed over $17 billion. Money owed to council is losing value daily and when it is finally paid, it will not meet its budgeted targets.

Hedging the debts, against the United States dollar, will help council maintain value when it’s finally paid.

Responding to the announcement by Harare City Council, Harare Residents Trust (HRT) director Precious Shumba said the move is not justified as bills are based on estimates. He said:

Without undertaking means testing to establish the levels of household economy among ratepayers, the rates charged by the City of Harare are only informed by measures outside the life of residents.

The City of Harare’s 2022 budget was prepared with residents being consulted through WhatsApp groups.

This reaches an insignificant number to be reflective of the aspirations of ratepayers.

There are known big debtors in areas like Avondale, Borrowdale and other low-density suburbs whose debt is enough to run Harare, but these debtors are more powerful and influential. Therefore, they are not always threatened with a summons.

The HRT will be mobilising ratepayers to educate them to know what they need to do when they receive a summons.

Residents must not be afraid because the City of Harare has not provided them with accurate states of their accounts.

The bills are currently based on estimates with some of the debt contributed by refuse collection and water consumption, yet the City of Harare has largely neglected to provide the services. Water supplies are erratic. Refuse is not being collected.

Shumba said the City of Harare has no moral obligation to intimidate residents because of their poor service delivery but should repossess City Parking’s finances and channel the funds towards service delivery.

A Harare resident, Kwandinobva, who responded to the Twitter post by HCC to converts bills to USD, said:

Nonsense! There is no law like that in this country! Kupusa chete. You can’t make money. You can’t make people pay. Zvimitemo zvomoda kuisa izvi hazvishandi futi and it’s illegal!

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𝙈𝙖𝙧𝙖𝙫𝙖𝙯𝙖 5 months ago

𝘿𝙤𝙡𝙡𝙖𝙧𝙞𝙯𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙞𝙨 𝙣𝙤𝙬 𝙡𝙤𝙪𝙙 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙘𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙧, 𝙍𝙩𝙜𝙨 𝙙𝙤𝙡𝙡𝙖𝙧 𝙘𝙪𝙧𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙮 𝙞𝙨 𝙣𝙤𝙬 𝙪𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙚𝙨𝙨, 𝙖 𝙘𝙪𝙧𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙮 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙙𝙤𝙚𝙨 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙠𝙚𝙚𝙥 𝙫𝙖𝙡𝙪𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙖 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠.?

The Boy Who Saw 🛸 UFOs 5 months ago


💔💔💔 5 months ago

ko why $us yet our zw$ is there handiti tinoti Vamwe vatadza Wani?

Sam 5 months ago

Vazviite futi kuma salary evashandi avanononoka kubhadhara...ivo

Boy 5 months ago

Mari yekupa maCivil servants tiri kuraiser thru fuel taxes ndosaka ticharamba tichiita review of the price every two weeks Hurumente haina USD riri muvanhu imomo ndokusaka vanhu varikuti dolarisation. but government haina USD
Civil Servant salaries are raised thru taxes so patakabvumidza USD kuti rishande pamwe ne ZWD. people do business in USD Transactions without paying tax
Saka kuti Mari yema civil servants ibude fuel yedu inodhura kwazvooo ......

Rambo 5 months ago

💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛 vote ccc for change

master 5 months ago

true haunype

Jinx 5 months ago

Kana aiita ma us dollars zvozodii? 🤣
Again that's not the root cause as to why people have accrued such debts in the first place

Christopher Maguranyanga kumabvuku 5 months ago

Taneta tinzweiwo dollar Lambert


Ginious 5 months ago

regai tione kwazvoguma.NHM

Zvazvanga zvingori 5 months ago

HCC through Michael Chideme you are spot on.This the way to go kwete kungonzi Council haisi kuziva zvairi kuita.Residents, Corporates and govt departments should just own up.Munoti kupisa Mari kwmuri kuita imi semufunga maiti zvinoenda nekuguma nekupi

Vybz Kartel 5 months ago

Kanzuru must first provide a service for it to be paid no one wants to pay for nothing this ccc or mdc kanzuru is very useless wanting money while they sit on their behinds

5 months ago

Homo Erectus 5 months ago

the oligarchs of Borrowdale are more lethal to Zimbabwe than the oligarchs of Putin's Russia.

Chiurai 5 months ago

Ndoo Mari yemuno Yacho. Ndokuti munzwisise kuti inodonha..
Munhu achishaya bond kureva kuti haana US racho rekupisa.

Fine itai but pandozoiwana pacho ndonopisawo us. Ndo Chinja kuita bond or Rts equivalent ndobhadhara

Ganyani 5 months ago

the country has gone to the dogs

Gabarinocheka 5 months ago

i wonder , at what rate will council convert the debt to USd?
Which SI will enable them , legally?
Since when has Council executive power to overide RBZ authority? 🤔

Gabarinocheka 5 months ago

i wonder , at what rate will council convert the debt to USd?
Which SI will enable them , legally?
Since when has Council executive power to overide RBZ authority? 🤔

Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 5 months ago

If it doesn't make sense its not true 😂
they failing to pay in Rtgs$ and now changing it to US$ 😂 itai serious don't provoke peaceful citizens...

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