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Pensioners struggle to pay council rates

Tamary Chikiwa

in BULAWAYO

PENSIONERS in Bulawayo have implored the city council to revise new council rates which they say are beyond their reach.

Pensioners told the Daily News that their payouts, which range between $400 and $1 500, are not enough to cater for bills that amount to almost $5 000 per month.

Henry Lunga, a pensioner from Romney Park suburb, said they have received water bills that range from $3 000 to $5 000 this month.

“As pensioners we are planning to approach town clerk Christopher Dube or the mayor on this issue because this is way beyond what pensioners earn,” he said.

Lunga, who earns $1 000 monthly, said a pensioner will need at least three months to pay a monthly bill.

“The most paid pensioner gets $1 500 while others get as little as $400. One will need three months just to pay a water bill. The city council must revise its charges,” he said.

Sifelani Nyoni, another pensioner, said the bills are not reasonable considering that water is hardly available in the city.

“I wonder where these charges are coming from because we rarely have water in the city.

“The city council should revisit its bills because we cannot afford paying them. We have since lost hope in payouts and depend on proceeds from tenants but they are struggling to pay rent as well so we can not afford this,” he said.

Efforts to get BCC public relations officer Nesisa Mpofu to comment on the matter were unsuccessful at the time of going to print.

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