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Gweru residents moot water bills protests

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GWERU residents have threatened to picket Town House demanding a negotiated payment plan and clarity over some of their outstanding bills.

By Stephen Chadenga

Recently, residents proposed to pay a flat charge of $30 per month for water, saying some of their so-called outstanding bills were questionable, as they were based on estimates.

The residents met in Mkoba last week and resolved to embark on protests over outstanding bills.

Gweru Residents and Ratepayers’ Association chairperson, Cornelia Selipiwe, said the demonstrations would start next month.

“Actually it’s a unique demonstration, as it will be a protest through payment of current bills only and a small part of the outstanding bills,”Selipiwe said.

“We have decided that come early next month, we will go in our numbers to the council revenue hall, pay current bills and an extra small amount from the arrears and if they (council officials) refuse to accept then the protest begins.”

Last year, residents demanded itemised bills from council, arguing that these presented a true reflection of outstanding amounts owed to the local authority by ratepayers.

Town clerk, Elizabeth Gwatipedza, was unreachable for comment yesterday.

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