The City of Harare has announced that it will be disconnecting water services in various suburbs in Harare starting tomorrow.According to council residents of these suburbs owe the city over US$331 million in unpaid bills.
However residents who spoke to Breakingnewszw said that they would resist councils actions. They accused council management of spending most of the revenue on salaries in violation of the local government stipulations that directs local government authorities to spend 30 % of revenue on salaries.
Kennedy Sibanda of Mt Pleasant said ” Recently council bosses were exposed for earning very high salaries against government policy. They want residents to finance their immoral salaries. They will not disconnect my water. If they do it, I will restore services myself”
Harare has been facing water shortages and residents have questioned the quality of the water in the past.
Here is the statement from Harare City Council
From City of Harare PR Department:
The City of Harare hereby informs residents of the below listed suburbs of pending water disconnections beginning Monday, 7 November 2016. Residents of these suburbs owe the city over US$331 million in unpaid bills.
If for any reason homeowners fail to give access to our officers – the water will be disconnected from outside with the attendant costs being met by the property owner. The City is urging all debtors to at least pay their current bill in full and make payment arrangements for the debt owing.
1. Mt Pleasant
3. Avondale West
4. Avondale East
7. Borrowdale West
8. CBD industrial
10. Amby Msasa
11. Alexandra Park
12. Beverly Msasa
19. Kambuzuma and
20. Warren Park