Harare City Council Hikes Wheel-clamping Charges By 1 000%

Harare City Council made an upward adjustment of charges for clamping and towing of vehicles in its supplementary budget approved on Thursday.

The fees increased by 1 000 per cent, and motorists will now be paying $500 for wheel-clamping fees for light vehicles, up from $40. Tow-away fees have been raised from $60 to $700.

In the health sector, maternity fees increased from $25 to $120, while hospital fees are now $50 for adults and $25 for children.

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While presenting the $829,86 million supplementary budget, chairman of the financial and development committee Councillor Luckson Mukunguma said:

The current supplementary budget should not be viewed as an attempt by the council to increase tariffs, it is rather an attempt to align to the new economic order given the full implementation of the Transitional Stabilisation Programme and the introduction of local currency as the only legal tender.

The city also increased refuse collection fees by almost 300 per cent, water charges by at least 300 per cent, and other services were increased by various amounts.

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