Residents owe City half-a-billion dollars (Video Clip)

11 Feb 2015 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 11 FEB (NAMPA) - Windhoek residents owe the City of Windhoek about half-a-billion Namibian dollars in unpaid municipal bills, the City’s spokesperson Joshua Amukugo says.
He said during a media briefing here on Wednesday that the debts owed range from late payments for property rates, services and other municipal charges to amounts deemed irrecoverable.
“The non-payment of consumer debts pose a serious threat to the financial health of the City of Windhoek,” he stressed.
As a matter of urgency, the City has urged consumers to settle their outstanding accounts to avoid discontinuation of services as from 28 February 2015.
Amukugo said the City makes an important contribution to poverty alleviation and the economic development of its people through the provision of basic services and investing in infrastructure and associated services, which are critical to economic activities.
In order to deliver these essential services effectively, the City relies on its own revenues, which are composed of property rate taxes and charges for providing water, electricity, refuse removal, sanitation and other services.
He noted that this debt will in the near future cripple the cash position of the City and its ability to fulfil its statutory mandate.
“Consumer debts will also reduce the finances needed for the delivery of basic services, infrastructure, maintenance and upgrading,” said the spokesperson.
Amukugo further stated that it is the civic responsibility of all costumers, businesses, Government institutions and residential customers to pay their municipal debts timeously.