Despite the revenue collection offices being open at council chambers, the local authority has not been collecting meaningful revenue due to movement restrictions.
Open Council Marondera is reliably informed that council collects a total of $110 000 on a good day but the current trends show that less than $10 000 is being collected per day.
Marondera Mayor Chengetai Murowa confirmed that council has lost much revenue and said they are not worried at all as they are implementing efforts to fight the deadly Coronavirus.
“It is a big challenge (revenue collection), at least our revenue officers are at work and some few ratepayers have been coming through. We are losing thousands of dollars but we need to comply to the lockdown rules. Moreover, most of our ratepayers are informal traders who are currently affected by the restrictions. As council, we used to collect about $110k per day but currently we are collecting an average of $10k,” he said.
In January, council revealed that they were being owed in excess of $22m by ratepayers.
In a bid to arrest the Covid 19 pandemic, Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced a 21-day national lockdown before adding two more weeks at the weekend as per World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines.
In Mashonaland East Province, a total of four people have since tested positive to Covid 19 while one of the victims has since recovered.