The Bulawayo City Council says it is broke and is now finding it difficult to pay its workers and deliver services effectively.
This was revealed by Town Clerk Christopher Dube in his presentation on Bulawayo’s state of affairs during a Zanu-PF meeting at Davies Hall on Sunday.
Dube said the local authority was considering charging some of its services in foreign currency. He said:
Council has no money and we are now struggling to offer effective service delivery to residents and we are also delaying in paying our employees due to a sharp decline in revenue inflows.
Under the circumstances, council is supposed to have a supplementary budget and it is a process which involves a lot of consultations and our parent ministry has to also approve that because it entails hiking rates and service charges.
Dube said their suppliers were either charging in foreign currency or demanding exorbitant fees in local currency.
Bulawayo residents have been unwilling to pay bills in foreign currency largely due to the official exchange rate that was far below the black market rate, Dube added.