By Staff Reporter
The Municipality of Marondera is currently struggling to effect normal service delivery due to payments done in local currency as the economy continues dollarising.
This publication is reliably informed that the local authority has on numerous occasions approached the Local Government Ministry seeking permission to accept rates in foreign currency but in vain.
Councils are not allowed to buy foreign currency on the black market.
Resultantly the local authority has been struggling to secure fuel for its refuse trucks as the commodity is now being sold in United States Dollars (USD) resulting in failure to collect garbage.
Deputy Mayor Bornface Tagwireyi said the current RTGS payments cannot sustain council’s operations hence affecting service delivery with the situation being worsened by the current Covid 19 pandemic.
“The RTGS is weak to sustain our operations hence we are having challenges in effecting service delivery as before. The economy is dollarising and we are not allowed to demand USD payments by government despite numerous efforts to get permission to do so. Moreover, as councils we are not allowed to buy foreign currency on the black market.
“A good example is fuel for refuse trucks, in Marondera all garages with fuel are selling it in USD. The few garages that sell in local currency have been dry for more than a month now hence we are affected badly. We are having challenges because of that,” he said.
Recently, Mayor Chengetai Murowa revealed that council revenue inflows have gone down drastically due to Covid 19 with most ratepayers failing to make ends meet.
The local authority is currently owed close to $25m by ratepayers.