Harare City Council said that the 50 per cent discount on outstanding bills offered to Harare residents has helped them to reduce their bills.
Harare City Council corporate communications manager Mr Michael Chideme on Friday bemoaned the hike in prices which now makes it difficult for the city to provide services to residents. Said Chideme:
We are now being affected by prices. The impact of the 50 per cent may not be as effective as before. People have tripled or doubled prices.
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Where we used to get fuel for $150 000, we are now forking out more than $450 000. It is now affecting the service delivery aspect because the money has been eroded.
Most of our contractors and suppliers are also now reviewing their prices upwards and that is affecting our capacity to benefit from the 50 per cent discount. What makes us happy is we have given relief to the residents who participated in the 50 per cent discount initiative.
Chideme said that the council will not extend the 50 per cent promotion which was launched in August 2018.