Chiredzi Town Council was last month reportedly left $20 000 poorer after the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) raided its bank account and garnished the money over an outstanding contribution.
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Chiredzi town secretary Charles Muchatukwa confirmed the development last Thursday and accused NSSA of practising double standards by rushing to garnish the local authority’s account when the former has not paid its rates arrears.
Although strenuous efforts to get a comment from NSSA were fruitless by the time of going to print, Muchatukwa claimed NSSA owed the local authority over $40 000 in unpaid rates.
Muchatukwa also claimed NSSA raided the local authority’s Standard Chartered Bank account after the local authority had presented a separate payment plan which the former had agreed to.
“We penned out a payment plan with NSSA which we have not defaulted and we are surprised to see our account garnished.
“Needless to say, NSSA is owing us over $ 40 000 in unpaid rates and we have not taken any such move against them.
“Maybe it’s because they have garnishing powers which we don’t have,” Muchatukwa said.
He also showed NewsDay copies of receipts proving that the local authority had made two part payments to NSSA. NSSA officials in Chiredzi refused to comment over the issue referring questions to their head office in Harare.