Opposition MDC member of parliament Job Sikhala has alleged that WellCash Debt Collectors is owned by former First Lady Grace Mugabe and former Local Government Minister Saviour Kasukuwere. The two are alleged to be directors of the company which was by several local authorities to go after residents who owed money for rates. Residents complained about the methods used by the debt collectors to recover the debts. Some legal practitioners also advised residents that the debt collectors have no power to attach property on behalf of a creditor without a court order.
Speaking in parliament, Sikhala raised concerns about the company to which local government minister July Moyo claimed ignorance. Said Sikhala,
We know that during the climax of the previous government commissions were appointed to run local authorities which went on to engage Wellcash Debt Collectors which we know for certain is owned by Grace Mugabe and Kasukuwere so we would want to know what the company’s locus standi is in doing so…If the minister does not know about the company that is collecting debts on behalf of local authorities including Harare, Chitungwiza, Gweru and some other municipalities, then it is safe to conclude that he is sleeping on duty…I can bring primary evidence to substantiate what I am saying.
Responding to the query, speaker of Parliament Advocate Jacob Mudenda said,
The company is known and I suggest that the minister should go down and find out and then come back with a ministerial statement on the issue.
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