Gwanda (New Ziana) – The Gwanda municipality said on Friday it was owed over $330 million for services rendered by both residents and corporate clients, and blamed this for compromising its service delivery efficiency.
In an interview, Gwanda municipal council finance director, Xolani Dube said residents owed over $200 million, and institutional clients such as government departments, over $130 million.
“As a result, the municipality is facing financial challenges and delays in carrying out planned projects. Planned projects can’t be done, funds are not adequate” he said.
He said council was mulling various measures to collect the money, which was needed for a number of projects lined up.
“We are working towards implementing measures for debt collection. We are going to engage debt collectors, we have debt reminders for defaulters and as a last resort we will have to attach properties to recover what is owed to us,” Dube said.
He, however, urged residents to pay up to avoid the harsh measures contemplated, and said council was open to offers of payment plans.