Some Harare residents have vowed not to pay Council rates until the local authority begins providing the necessary service to their communities.
The sentiments were expressed by some Tafara residents during a Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) Ward Development meeting.
The residents alleged that some community sections have not been receiving water for years.
This they said justifies withholding payment of Council rates.
30 Years Without Water
“A section of houses ranging from the 1000-1602 have not been receiving any single drop of water for the past 30 years.
“It does not make sense for residents to pay for services that are not there but when water comes we will pay .” said Mr. Nyahungwe a member of Ward 46 Development Committee.
Harare City Council claims that it is owed about 1,6billion dollars (ZWL) by ratepayers.
Council alleges this scenario has resulted in their failure to provide quality services to residents.
Residents at the meeting called on Council to resolve issues of the billing and corruption among city officials in order to close revenue leakages in the local authority.
CHRA reports that Council officials, present at the meeting, promised fair distribution of water for the area which has not been receiving water, garbage collection and clearing of dumpsites in the next two weeks.