The struggling Harare City Council has made a desperate plea for help from individuals and companies with the capacity to supply road rehabilitation, refuse collection and lighting equipment.
Writing on the municipality’s Facebook page, the city council says it needs help with plant and equipment for road rehabilitation, refuse collection and lighting equipment.
“Dear Harare Residents His Worship, Harare Mayor Cllr Herbert Thomas Gomba is appealing to individuals and companies with plant and equipment to assist the council free of charge. The requested equipment includes road making equipment, lighting platforms, and refuse collection and removal equipment.
“His Worship feels there are companies and individuals willing to assist council but have not been offered the opportunity. Take advantage of this Corporate Social Responsibility opportunity and help in Harare’s renewal programme.” Reads part of the statement posted on Facebook.
However, residents who commented on the posts had no kind words for the city fathers.
“Everyone is already assisting by fetching their own water and patching roads with stones. But, the bills keep coming based on services not being provided. Don’t ask for free services. Pay the service providers the money ratepayers are paying you. Zimbabwe North gets consistent water, refuse collection and electricity. Why should Zimbabwe South depend on charity? Wrote Taurai Benhura.
John Nesvinga weighed in saying “…you must be all fired from your Mayor down to the cleaner, a town like Harare going for months without water. Can’t you see it’s disastrous You making a lot of money but it is being misused, kana matadza haisi mhosva kuresigner varume very soon vanhu vakufa necholera (if you have failed you must resign because people will die of Cholera) ”
According to finance director Stanley Ndemera, the city council is operating on a monthly budget deficient of $60 million.
Council expenses amount to $75 million against a revenue of $15 million.
The city councils says it is owed over 800 million and recently appealed for support from Parliament to have garnishing powers so as to recover debts
Recently Harare’s 2 million residents found themselves without water after the city council shut down the main treatment plant, raising new fears of disease outbreaks.
Officials in Harare have struggled to raise foreign currency to import water treatment chemicals and need about $2.7 million per month.