Don’t pay rates: Chiwenga

ACTING President Constantino Chiwenga yesterday dangled a carrot to Zanu PF supporters in Harare by urging them to stop paying council rates if they were aggrieved by services provided by the local authority.

BY BLESSED MHLANGA

Addressing a poorly-attended Zanu PF campaign rally in Hatcliffe, on the outskirts of Harare, Chiwenga said council should stop forthwith the collection of rates from areas they had failed to collect refuse, supply water and provide sewer reticulation services.

“There is no water, council has failed to collect refuse and there is no sewer reticulation, but daily, they come knocking on your doors demanding payment for things they have failed to deliver. That must stop forthwith,” Chiwenga said.

He said Harare City Council should only start collecting rates after they have improved their services.

This came as council has accused ratepayers of owing $600 million in unpaid rates, thereby stifling service delivery.

Most local authorities are yet to recover losses incurred in 2013 after former President Robert Mugabe again ordered a debt write-off as a vote-buying gimmick.

Chiwenga also proposed a raft of policy changes at the rally, including stopping all property development in Hatcliffe to allow government to sort out the challenges faced by residents reportedly duped by land barons.

“We hear you have been given a private land developer in this area. That is being suspended now. The issue of double allocation of stands ends today. The problems you are facing with land barons stop today,” he said, as if issuing a decree.

Chiwenga did not explain how the government planned to solve the problem.

The restive crowd was, however, not amused by Chiwenga’s declarations, asking him to, instead, deal with Harare party provincial chairman Godwills Masimirembwa, whom they claimed was the biggest land baron.

Contacted for comment, Masimirembwa responded: “It’s totally without basis. I am not a land baron. I have no land to my name.”

Politburo member Cleveria Chizema expressed unhappiness with the poor attendance at the rally and told the supporters that they had embarrassed her.

“I am embarrassed that I invited our top leadership for them to come and meet this small crowd. People of Harare North I am unhappy,” she said as party youths battled to lock down supporters who were pushing to leave the venue soon after collecting free T- shirts distributed at the rally.

55 Comments

  1. josphat mugadzaweta

    buruuru remunhu

    1. Hondo Zvenyika

      wakutuka vamwe nezvauri?

  2. Haaa chiwengahapana munhu zvozodini kkkkkkk

    1. He is making a lot of sense. what are we paying for when the services are not provided? what will we loose if we dont pay? The council should own up. get paid for services rendered. The metered water project was quite a good idea. hautaure nemunhu. You are on point Cde General

      1. What sense is he making? So does it mean that every citizen should stop all other government remittances because their service is equally poor? This propaganda electioneering remarks can only destroy ZANU PF further thinking that they can hurt MDC.

      2. He is not making any sense this Chiwenga EDiot. The council is owed a lot of money(more than $600m) and if that money was paid the council would be able to deliver services. Residents should pay up first so that council can use that money to deliver services. If Chiwenga has nothing to say he should keep quiet.

  3. Comment…unopenga nekuda kwe election

  4. kokerai chisvo

    It was high tym the gvt officials intervened l visited Mufakose the other day and l must say l was disheartened by the poor service delivery being offered by the local gvt imagine in such a crowded community pple have to withstand maPamper evana maBin akadonha muRoad becz haasi kuitwa Collect ttx bad Councillors

  5. Django Django

    kuno kuGlen View takatopihwa atori maWarning nema debt collectors apa mvura yakapedzisira kubuda kare hah ngatimboisai maCouncillor eZanu PF

    1. Lets not be fooled. Its Harare council was affected by Chombo and Kasukuwere antics. There was no way the council would progress wen every move, even of appointing a new Town clerk was blocked by these 2 vulturez. Bulawayo has relative autonomy compared to Harare.

  6. I personally attended this rally irikunyepewa kunzi poorly attended

    1. Ko kana manga muri vazhinji seiko Cleveria Chizema arikuti haasi happy? Zanu PF ine 3 main categories dze masupporters: 1) marovha anehunyope 2) vasina kana vasingade chikoro vanoda zvemahara, mostly vekumaruva 3) mharadzi, mbavha nemakororo.
      Muma town mune vanhu vazhinji vanoda kuzvitsvagira raramo vega – vashomanini vakamirira kupiwa zvekuba.

    2. Cde Zvinopera Chete

      Tumira maphoto’s

    3. Ah Heinz your presence doesn’t make you many, you are just another number 1. That’s what you add.

  7. Headlines these days

  8. Bheveni sibanda

    council marwadzo for real ikozvino marara akazara muma bins apa mvura ikaputika havauye kuzogadzira in time wotoshaya kuti totambisirei mari dzedu tichingopa vanhu vasina service delivery. manje vacharakashwa navaMnangagwa pama elections apa vakabva chirikumeso

  9. Yes, there are challenges on both water supplies and collections of garbage in most Urban and Rural Centers,but best practice, best Administrators with future focus find better ways to address residents to pay what they have so as to overcome the emanating challenges. Inciting residents not pay doesn’t resolve anything.

  10. ZANU OUT — AND GET RID OF MUGABE CONSTITUTION

    I LIVE IN AUSTRALIA

    1. Iwe Simba tinyararire tigadzirise nyika yedu toga. Ziva zvekuAustralia kwako. Wakatiza nyika ino wava kuda kuudza ani zvoukita?

    2. You live in Ausralia so what ? You Fool.

  11. nelson ndlovu

    Take a leaf from Bulawayo City Council. the best run Urban Local Authority in Zimbabwe

  12. Like I always say new council must come with its own new administration management. Council management positions must lapse the moment a new councils comes into place. Councillors are not like people who walk around with shamboks to deal with inept managers. To me this is a zanupf political stunt to make their directors incompetent and blame councillors.

  13. These are really unwise words from vice president. If he has got nothing to say, he must keep quite. How can the council deliver when pple are told to stop paying the rentals? TRUE, ZANU PPLE KNOWS NOTHING EXCEPT TO DESTROY. WHEN CHIWENGA REMOVED MUGABE, I STARTED TO LIKE HIM, BUT LOOK NOW. NO BABA APA MAKATADZA KUTAURA.

  14. Comment…Maguta nemagrothpoint enyika yose vanhuwe.

  15. kid marongorongo

    the writer is a real lier, where did CDE Chiwenga sayed stop paying rates, instead according to what you wrote he said council should stop collecting rates in areas it is failing to provide services, which is a fair situation why would the council want to collect rates when it fais to offer the services. its not a right that citizens must pay monthly rates while the concil is doing nothing for them. hakuna nyika yakapfava kudaro. the writer hus wants to sent a wrong message to citizens. stop lying the new dispensation is doing us a great job enforcing discipline in doing business. Pamberi na ED zanu pf woyeeeee

    1. taura neshona ……….where did cde chiwenga sayed stop paying rates …….. dofo

  16. its painfull to pay for services you cant get, the whole of Harare now resembles a giant dumpsite, all they know these councillours is steal and complain

  17. Comment…For sure some people dont know zanu pf .B4 there where executive mayors after losing councils they created zinwa and provinsional ministers t powerful local government minister to control the council .Now they say dont pay .Let the mayors run the water and their affairs without any strings attached

  18. Lets not be fooled. Its Harare council was affected by Chombo and Kasukuwere antics. There was no way the council would progress wen every move, even of appointing a new Town clerk was blocked by these 2 vulturez. Bulawayo has relative autonomy compared to Harare.

  19. its high time councils become more accountable. we need service delivery please… funny thing is that most councils are run by mdc…

  20. how can we continue giving them money when they are doing what they paid for. i think we should boot the rogue elemennt out

  21. the headline is misleading tho… look at it closely. is that what the VP said

  22. we are moving to a better zimbabwe under the guidance of president ED

    1. By the time you wake up you will be living in a sewage pond!! Another 38 years from now….

  23. Chiwenga said council should stop forthwith the collection of rates from areas they had failed to collect refuse, supply water and provide sewer reticulation services. Yaaa i think the councils must be paid upon render services to the people. Pamberi VP and ED vanoti pamberi nebudiriro

  24. Takesure Zvazvirit

    We should pay for services delivered, and if there are no services being delivered and the council is busy rewarding themselves with hefty salaries. we want action on the ground people are dying from cholera and typhoid.

  25. Zimbabwe is moving to a better under the guide of President ED. I think vatunagmiriri vematunhu vanofanira ku supporter the vision of ED uye budiriro kumatunhu.

  26. So should motorists stop paying road tolls too…Gen. Chiwenga?!

  27. so if the government also fails to provide services, we should also stop paying taxes as in pay as you earn, vat etc

  28. Wezhira Wezhara

    Mr Reporter you are mad. Which rally was poorly attended? We saw the vedio of the rally on ZTV. So kana iyi iri poorly attended ko yakadonhedza Chamisa paStage?

  29. Do we really expect council to excel in its operations when the national government and economy is on its knees. Councils are failing to operate because people are not paying bills. People are failing to pay bills because they are not employed. People are not employed because government has failed to attract investment and companies are closing down. Government has failed to attract investment and companies are closing down because of poor and inconsistent government policies. You cant blame the local government without blaming the national government.

  30. Listen how dumb this gandanga is…What sense is he making? So does it mean that every citizen should stop all other government remittances because their service is equally poor? This propaganda electioneering remarks can only destroy ZANU PF further thinking that they can hurt MDC.

  31. council workers are now politically affiliated to resort back to their normal operations , so that’s good for people not to pay rates, they are being misled by the opposition top officials in council, thanks our VP, PAMBERI nevanoshandira kusimudzira nyika pasi nenyope, pasi nemhanduuuuuuuuuuu! ED CHETE CHETE

  32. Ah since the government is not performing also we are allowed to stop paying taxes isn’t it VP?. So Zimra should no longer collect money from us.

  33. that’s great that way can cause council workers to work now in bid to get back the rates. zanu pf woyeeeeeee

  34. lets also stop paying NSSA, PSMAS, and bank deposits coz all these institutions are FAILING.

  35. A fish rots from the head! Look for that head and see if its still ok. This is a local government we are talking of at a rally, how is the central government????
    Is this not the case of a pan calling the pot black?

  36. is chiwenga law unto himself?

  37. mazicobomoco7

    This year come 30 july all MDC councillors out of office no stone will be left unturned ED pfeeeeee

  38. VP Chivenga is very correct.The local authorities are stealing from the poor. in fact he should issue a directive to cancel all debts/ arrears

  39. Guys ignorance is a private property until you expose yourself.the effects of 2013 are still being felt today..And on top of the prevailing calamity induced by the writing off of council debts in 2013 the same mistake is being given..

  40. Comment…If the national gvt makes good policies everything will fall into place.If the same gvt takes diamond money and uses it in binga .Takes tollgatemoney in bbrigde uses it in Vicfalls .When sick ministers go to foreign lands .Who gonna build our hospitals roads

  41. THATS THE REASON WHY I SUPPORT WHITES TO BE IN POWER. A BLACK PERSON KNOWS NOTHING. LETS HIRE WHITES TO RUN OUR GOVT LIKE WHAT WE DO IN SOCCER. VANHU VAKARWA HONDO HAPANA CHOZIKANWA. PTUUU!

  42. Foolish words from a VP.

  43. Comment…MDC haidi kuti zanu pf iite zvakanaka vp varamba kuti vanhu vasatenge mumvuri wechinhu

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