The Masvingo City Council has conceded to public pressure over their hiked 2021 budget charges by reportedly agreeing to reduce rates by 20%.
Council reportedly convened a special council meeting last week to respond to the massive uproar by residents who have been complaining over the proposed 500% increase.
Acting Town Clerk Engineer Edward Mukaratirwa said they had convened a meeting where some ‘adjustments’ had been made but couldn’t state the exact percentage agreed.
“We held a special full council meeting on Friday and we are going to engage residents at ward level, the dates are still being sorted out. Obviously some adjustments were made but I cannot tell you off head,” said Mukaratirwa.
However a Council official stated that they had met and agreed to reduce the charges by around 20%.
A previous meeting with residents on 19 February ended prematurely following disagreements with the authorities.
Other residents representatives have been previously arrested following demonstrations at Council offices.
This has led to the intervention of State Minister Ezra Chadzamira who has since urged the authority to revise the charges.
Council has been arguing that it cannot revise the budget since it had already been approved by the Ministry of Local Government.
Chadzamira however said the rates could still be reversed despite the budget having been approved.
Like most Councils Masvingo has been battling city still faces the same crippling service delivery problems with water shortages getting worse and the quality deteriorating to unprecedented levels