Tanaka Nyambo, H-Metro Reporter
HARARE City Council has come up with stringent measures against non-paying businesses in its endeavour to recover what it’s owed by residents, businesses and Government.
This was after they realised that they were being owed over $900 million by ratepayers in Harare.
According to the recent minutes of the Finance and Development Committee, council resolved to take legal action against defaulting ratepayers.
“The Department (of Finance) has to give notices to premises for non-compliance. Upon expiry of notices, the department will avail its locking system premises.
“Harare Metropolitan Police will render security during this process and to ensure that they will be no hindrances or causalities,” reads council minutes.
Council will take the matter to debt collectors if people fail to pay for their debt in time.
“In the event that the premise owners fail to clear off their debts, we recommend that matter be taken to debt collectors through legal sections.
“The Development Control Division has to give notices to non-complying premises. Upon expiry the division has to source from relevant department’s machinery and equipment to use during demolition of illegal structures and evictions.
“The Development Control unit has also been tasked to take action against illegal car sales and those failing to own up to the leases per agreement,” reads council minutes.
Council said if the measures are not heeded, the city will be left with no choice but to engage debt collectors to ensure Council will not incur more loses.
Harare Town Clerk Engineer Hosiah Chisango is on record urging businesses, residents and individuals to cooperate towards debt clearance.