Council threatens legal action over bills

Council threatens legal action over bills
Published: 16 July 2018 (348 Views)
The Masvingo City Council has given residents with outstanding water bills dating up to five years, a seven-day ultimatum to pay or risk legal action.

The move has been met with stiff resistance by residents' representative groups and lawyers who want to challenge council's plans in the courts.

Mayor councillor Hubert Fidze last week warned that his council was planning legal action after residents failed to respond to several warnings urging them to settle their bills. Councillor Fidze said city fathers have no option, but to take action against residents refusing to "play ball".

"We have warned residents before, but they did not respond to our letters of demand and we are left with no other option than to take this move (legal action).

"We solely rely on residents payments and if they do not pay for services, we have nowhere to get funds for chemicals to treat water," said Mr Fidze.

However, Masvingo United Ratepayers and Residents 'Alliance (MURRA) spokesperson Mr Godfrey Mtimba condemned council's decision saying the local authority should first improve service delivery.

"We condemn council's behaviour in the strongest terms because they are not delivering water to residents, we want a situation where we pay and they deliver, it should not be one-sided," said Mr Mtimba.

He urged residents not to panic over the letters of demand, but to pay their water bills as usual and also to try and clear their debts by agreeing to payment plans as everyone was aware of the economic challenges obtaining in the country.

Meanwhile, a prominent lawyer, Mr Collen Maboke, who is also eyeing Masvingo Urban's Ward 2 council seat on an MDC Alliance ticket, has filed a response to council on behalf of 40 residents in his ward who are facing legal action over unpaid water bills.

"We have 40 residents who have been given letter of demand and I will be representing in responding to council.

"The move is an issue of harassing the electorate, it should have been done before elections, and also some debts are backdated to 2010, but Government ordered some of those bills to be written off in 2013. It is also worrying that in most cases council was estimating bills without collecting meter readings," said Mr Maboke.

The legal practitioner in his response on behalf of affected residents wants council to show the origins of the water bills by showing their transnational history dating back to five years ago.

- theh erald

Tags: Council, Bills, Legal,
 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Dumiso Dabengwa an unrelenting fighter for the people

by Dr. Strike Mkandla - ZAPU Secretary General | 26 May 2019 | 50 Views

Mnangagwa ally warns Zimbabwe army

by ZimLive | 26 May 2019 | 107 Views

MDC party elects Nelson Chamisa as leader

by Al Jazeera | 26 May 2019 | 111 Views

'Stop fighting Chamisa' Linda Masarira tells Khupe

by Mandla Ndlovu | 26 May 2019 | 110 Views

Smart money is in rural Matebeleland

by Sunday Times | 26 May 2019 | 74 Views

Dabengwa knew his time here was up, says relative

by Sunday Times | 26 May 2019 | 76 Views

Coca-Cola ranks as Africa's top food and beverage brand

by Agencies | 26 May 2019 | 68 Views

Let them eat cake

by Zimbabwe Vigil Diary | 26 May 2019 | 61 Views

'Army leaves list of people to be killed at borders'

by Mandla Ndlovu | 26 May 2019 | 122 Views

ZCTU speaks on countrywide mass action

by Mandla Ndlovu | 26 May 2019 | 79 Views

MDC voting process hit by chaos

by Staff reporter | 26 May 2019 | 72 Views

Zanu-PF calls for patience

by Staff reporter | 26 May 2019 | 70 Views

Chamisa, MDC warned against violence

by Staff reporter | 26 May 2019 | 75 Views

Chamisa speaks bloodshed

by newzimbabwe | 26 May 2019 | 71 Views

Chamisa declares war on Mnangagwa

by Staff reporter | 26 May 2019 | 107 Views

Commuters sleep in Zupco buses

by Staff reporter | 26 May 2019 | 100 Views

Biti raises ballot stuffing fears at MDC Congress

by newzimbabwe | 26 May 2019 | 106 Views

Zupco to have fuel allocation prioritisation

by Staff reporter | 26 May 2019 | 70 Views

Chamisa's reckless utterances, US hand, a recipe for disaster

by Khumbulani Vodloza Sibanda | 26 May 2019 | 92 Views

Dabengwa to be buried in Ntabazinduna

by newzimbabwe | 26 May 2019 | 118 Views

Mnangagwa drawn into tribal storm

by Staff reporter | 26 May 2019 | 80 Views

ZANU PF plots to hijack Dabengwa's funeral

by Mandla Ndlovu | 26 May 2019 | 82 Views

Bosso get first win

by Staff reporter | 26 May 2019 | 79 Views

Regularise Epworth settlement

by Gabarinocheka | 26 May 2019 | 89 Views

1893 MHRRM condolence message to Dabengwa family and Nation

by Thembani Dube, 1893 MHRRM Secretary for Information and Publicity | 26 May 2019 | 81 Views

Gilmore Tee back on TV as Host of Strut n Pose

by Staff reporter | 26 May 2019 | 82 Views

Zanu-PF must back off

by Mbonisi Solomon Gumbo | 26 May 2019 | 86 Views

Christianity knows no regionalism and no tribalism

by Thomas Murisa. | 26 May 2019 | 81 Views

Chamisa promises Chief Ndiweni Kingship

by Staff reporter | 26 May 2019 | 143 Views

Biti concerned about MDC Congress ballot stuffing

by Staff reporter | 26 May 2019 | 237 Views

Mliswa booed off MDC Congress stage over Mnangagwa comments

by Staff reporter | 26 May 2019 | 184 Views

Khupe likens Chamisa's MDC to G40

by Staff reporter | 26 May 2019 | 118 Views

Liberation war stalwart Dabengwa declared a national hero

by Methusi Ncube | 26 May 2019 | 106 Views

Former Mtukudzi manager hospitalised in USA

by Staff reporter | 26 May 2019 | 87 Views