The Chitungwiza Municipality has sought to shift its billing system towards charging in USD following the loss of value of the ZWL.
It has since applied to its parent Ministry of Local Government for permission following the government’s gazetting of Statutory Instrument 85 of 2020.
“On the 17th of July 2020 at a special full council meeting, the Municipality of Chitungwiza passed a full Council resolution to charge for some of its tariffs using US dollars; except for some billable amounts that require statutory approval.
“The Municipality has since written to its parent Ministry, the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works; informing the Ministry of the Council’s resolution and seeking the Ministry’s authority to effect the aforementioned charges for services in the US dollars”, it said.
The Council said due to the currency challenges it was having problems providing services to the community.
“The Municipality is encountering challenges in delivering services due to the current fuel situation as most service stations now require US dollars.
“The inability of Council to procure fuel due to lack of access to foreign currency is what has caused the recent disruptions to service delivery”, it said as justification for the move towards charging in US.
The move by Chitungwiza follows a similar move by the Harare City Council which now allows residents to pay for services in foreign currency.