The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) has finally bowed down to pressure from the Council and residents association for it to pay for services it is receiving from Masvingo City Council after they paid RTGS$6 million to clear part of their debt.
ZNA which was amongst council’s bad debtors, have not been remitting any money to the local authority for the past five years resulting in the two military institutions, 4 and 4.1 Brigade owing Masvingo City Council in excess of $12million.
Officials at Town House and at Masvingo United Residents and Ratepayers Alliance, a local residents pressure group, have in the past raised a red flag over the none payment of water bills and other service charges mainly by government institutions as compromising the smooth flow of Masvingo City Council’s operations.
Masvingo City Mayor Collins Maboke confirmed the $6 million pay off from the army and said the payment came as a huge relief for the city.
He said the money will be now used to purchase a new refuse truck for the city and hoped the army will clear the remaining debt before mid year.
“We received a payment of $6million from the army in January and I must say the money really came as a relief to us as now we are able to use it for other capital projects which we have been failing to implement.
“The city has now only a single operational refuse collection truck and the public works committee has recommended that we use this money to buy an additional truck as a way of improving refuse collection schedules in the city,” Mayor Maboke said.
MURRA spokesperson Godfrey Mutimba weighed in and said it’s high time other government departments follow suit.
“Most appreciated, the Army has done a good thing, fellow government departments like the police should follow suit, everyone should pay thier rates so that council delivers,”Mutimba said.
– Open Council Hre