The Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) has taken it upon itself to educate Harare residents on the illegality of debt collectors. This follows the move by Harare City Council to engage Wellcash Debt collectors to recover all money outstanding for bills. The CHRA had a meeting to educate residents in Glen Norah on January 27, 2017.
Legal practitioner, Tinashe Chinopfukutwa of Kadzere, Hungwe and Mandevere legal practitioners advised the residents that the debt collectors have no power to attach property on behalf of a creditor without a court order. He also advised that it was illegal for Harare City Council to unleash debt collectors on residents.
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In Zimbabwe, there is no Act of Parliament that allows debt collectors to attach property or issue threats on behalf of creditors. In other words, what the debt collectors are doing is very much unlawful and should be challenged.
CHRA Community Officer, Reuben Akili also said that the CHRA was committed to protecting the residents from the illegal actions of the debt collectors and urged all affected residents to approach the CHRA for assistance.
As CHRA, we stand ready to protect residents against unlawful practices and in this case, we are saying that residents must not pay money to debt collectors but to council. What Wellcash debt collectors are doing is unlawful and we call upon affected residents to approach us for assistance,
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