Harare Mayor Hebert Gomba says the City Council has lost more than $ ZWL30 million in unpaid revenue since the start of the lockdown as people have been unable to pay their municipal bills.
Due to the global pandemic, Covid-19 the Council has closed some district offices and people have been unable to pay their bills impacting revenue inflows for the Council.
Revenue Collection Dips
Mayor Gomba said according to their budget, Council is supposed to collect as much as $ ZWL 65 million from rate payers a month but as a result of the lockdown, it is has collected approximately $ZWL 10 million which is far less than the money needed for effective operations by Council.
“For the last three months we have been in a delicate situation as we have been falling short in revenue collection, which has dropped to less than a quarter of the initial budget,” Mayor Gomba said.
“The lockdown has severely impacted on City of Harare, as it implies that without revenue collection service delivery has been impacted.”
For the past decade the City of Harare has been failing to provide basic service delivery such as water and refuse collection.
Harare Residents Trust reports that water supply is still a problem across Harare suburbs.
A few suburbs are receiving water and when they receive it is a few days a week for a few hours per day.
Many residential areas such as Glen View, Budiriro, Mabvuku, Tafara and Waren Park have not been able to assess tap water for more than five years.
“Residents in some parts of Harare are having to rely on private water bowsers and boreholes which are selling water at an average of $ZWL2.00 per 20 litre bucket. The unavailability of tap water is resulting in queues at community water points where social distancing is rarely practiced,” read part of the HRT monthly report.