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Residents threaten rates boycott

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HARARE residents have demanded the release of the city’s audited accounts and urged council to prioritise decentralisation of service provision to district offices.

Report by Wonai Masvingise, Senior Reporter

The Harare Residents’ Trust (HRT) report on the 2013 budget consultative meetings released yesterday threatened residents would refuse paying for shoddy services.

The residents also accused councillors of failing to represent them adequately and to improve service delivery since their election into office.

“The major resolution was that as ratepayers we would not pay for services not rendered and urged council officials to facilitate the release of audited accounts,” the HRT said.

“Residents across the communities were particularly concerned with issues of adequate, quality and consistent water supplies, refuse collection and housing. They also demanded drastic changes to the property tax system as it created inequalities among citizens having the same sizes of land.”

Other issues raised included the utilisation of recreational facilities, interest rates charged on overdue accounts and the collapse of service provision in residential areas.

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