The Nemanwa business community has today (April 7) petitioned the Masvingo Rural District Council (RDC) over prohibitive tariffs which shot from US$24 to US$100 per term among a host of other service delivery concerns.
The petition was delivered to the council engineer one Chenjerai on behalf of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Martin Mubviro who was said to be out of the office.
The Nemamwa business community secretary Rtd police Superintendent Philip Ncube said they peacefully and successfully served the petition to council and they were now awaiting a response.
“Nemanwa Business Community made resolutions as outlined on the petition. Amongst the resolutions to the Masvingo RDC, the business community demanded reduction in all licenses.
“General licences increased from US$24 use to US$100usd and as business owners we cannot afford to pay these fees and the council must revise their license fees”, said Ncube.
The business community accused Masvingo RDC of being a corrupt council whereby staff including council security collect forex from business people and swipe or pay EcoCash pocketing the hard currency.
“The business community is demanding that there should be a full investigation of all payments by swipe against licenses to identify owners of the bank accounts.
“We call on the council to seek dialogue with shop operators and not to close if they fail to pay for their shop licenses.
“We are also calling on the local authority to remove all vendors from undesignated sites and the council must finish constructing the vending stalls,” said Ncube.
Masvingo RDC CEO Mubviro said he was yet to receive the petition but would be briefed once he gets back into office.
“If a petition was served then I would be briefed about it. I am not in the office at the moment.
“Our council is open for dialogue and if business people want to come to the table then we will be ready to listen,” said Mubviro.