Harare probed

THE Competition and Tariff Commission (CTC) is investigating Harare City Council on allegations of monopoly through imposition of service delivery not commensurate with the charges, it has emerged.

Staff Reporter

CTC is a statutory body established after the merger of the former Industry and Trade Competition Commission and the Tariff Commission.

In a notice published in the Government Gazette last Friday, CTC chairperson Dumisani Sibanda said all information gathered during the investigation would be treated in confidence. Interested stakeholders have been given seven days to make written submissions to the commission.

“It is hereby notified in terms of Section 28 (2) of the Competition Act that the Competition and Tariff Commission is embarking on an investigation, in terms of Section 28 of the Act, into allegations of monopoly situation by Harare City Council in the provision of municipal economic services through excessive pricing, price discrimination and delivery of poor services not commensurate with the charges,” reads part of the notice.

Under Section 28 of the Act, the CTC has the power to investigate  any restrictive practice which it has reason to believe exists or may come into existence or to ascertain — whether any merger has been, is being or is proposed to be made.

It can also investigate any business agreement, arrangement, understanding or method of trading which, in the opinion of the Commission, is being or may be adopted for the purpose of, or in connection with the creation or maintenance of a restrictive practice and into any monopoly situation which the Commission has reason to believe exists or may come into existence.

Last month, at least 200 residents under the Harare Residents’ Trust (HRT) demonstrated against poor service delivery.  HRT was demanding the scrapping of all rate arrears accrued between 2009 and 2010.

“Water should be made available to every citizen, not the current situation where most suburbs do not have any running water,” said HRT in a statement.

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  1. They should start with ZBC instead of the Council. At least the council service is poor. ZBC’s service is non-existent.

  2. Taura zvako Hacha. Apa inodaidazira mari yemarezinesi maamonuts ekupenga. Ngavatibvire kumhepo.

  3. that’s true, vamwe we’ve been paying refuse when it was last collected in 2002, imagine $11 per month multiply by all these years how many millions is council collecting every month for a non existent service. Fixed charges ie property tax and other rates excluding water is around $180- $400 per month in my area yet grass was last cut before the year 2000. apa they remain defiant about their crazy salary bill, Masunda and these guys deserve custodial sentences.

    1. iwe ingwe kana uchiita yard yakakurisa zvekuti tikavaka dzimba pamba pako panoto buda rokesheni, huya kwedu kujecha kuma $38 including water nekuti ikoko kwauri hakusi kwako. imagine ZBC kundipa court order hanzi huya kwa magistrate (hanzi handisikuda kubhadhara zbc tv licence) apa handina kana aerial .

  4. imagine ZBC kundipa court order hanzi huya kwa magistrate (hanzi handisikuda kubhadhara zbc tv licence) apa handina kana aerial . inini i pay dstv every month kuti ndikwanise kuona ZBC. Ngavataurirane ne dstv coz i can not pay twice for a service

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