Tawanda Mangoma in Chiredzi
Chiredzi Town Council this week issued a notice to residents and companies that bought land and still have outstanding balances to clear them by the end of this month.
The development comes as council is battling to recover over $4 million it is owed for land purchased over the last two decades.
Chiredzi Town Council chairman Gibson Hwende said council was fighting to enhance service delivery in the town.
“Our idea as council is to upgrade the level of service deliver in Chiredzi to a point where every resident would be happy to pay their bills,” he said.
“We have just completed the installation of a new water line from the water works to the storage tanks and then from Chigarapasi to Makondo. These projects are directly addressing the water challenges which residents of this new suburb have incurred over the past decades.”
In a notice published by council this week, residents were advised to clear their balances in 30 days. “To all those with outstanding amounts on land sales, including service charges for low density, Makondo, industrial and commercial stands, including new central business district area, be advised that council is demanding the amount in full,” the council noted.
“Failure to comply, council will be left with no option but to repossess the stands. All payments must be made at our Tshovani rates hall on or before September 30, 2019.”
Chiredzi Residents and Rate Payers Association chairman Mr Jonathan Muusha said council must make sure that all monies collected for services should be utilised for that specific purpose.
Mr Muusha said priority should be given to solving the water challenges in Ward 5.