Gweru defies High Court order & disconnects water for residents over unpaid bills

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Gweru City Council yesterday embarked on massive water disconnections for residents over unpaid bills, a year after the High Court ordered the local authority to stop such radical action.

Council workers could be seen delivering water disconnection letters, particularly in high-density suburbs, over outstanding bills, with residents’ associations vowing to contest the move, which they said was “illegal”. Last month, residents demanded itemised bills from council to get a true reflection of how much they really owed the local authority.

Gweru United Progressive Residents and Ratepayers’ Development Association Trust (Guprarda) executive director, David Chikore said they were prepared to fight council in courts should their call for itemised bills be ignored.

Acting town clerk, Edgar Mwedzi and commission chairperson, Tsunga Mhangami, could not be reached by NewsDay for comment yesterday.

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