Secretary for Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Mr George Magosvongwe told The Herald on the sidelines of a meeting between Government and Harare City Council at Town House on Tuesday that residents should pay their their rates or face legal action including debt collectors.
There is a relationship between the ratepayer and local authorities. The obligation of a local authority is to provide a service, to create a democratic environment where people express themselves freely and to ensure that people live practical lives that are effective and amount to an improved standard at any given stage in any given year. The legal processes for collection are processes that have got to be legitimate and legitimate processes stay within the law. The issue of debt collectors engaged by local authorities, they are part of the legal processes. They have got to be done correctly and we are saying, to avoid the debt collector issue as it is being raised by residents, let us pay our bills.
Last year Government told Harare City Council to discontinue the relationship between them and Wellcash Debt Collectors,