…bakery remains operational, uses buckets to fetch water from nearby tap
MASVINGO— A health time bomb is ticking at DCK Bakery after it has emerged that the city council disconnected water on their premises over non-payment of rates.
The city council disconnected DCK Bakery on March 23 but the bakery has been operating since with sources saying that they were fetching water for baking using buckets at a nearby tap.
City of Masvingo Acting Town Clerk Edward Mukaratirwa confirmed the developments but said he was unaware that the bakery was still operational without running water.
“Water has been disconnected at DCK Bakery because of unpaid bills. I was not aware that it is still operating and I will send the health department personnel to do investigations before taking action,” said Murakatirwa.
DCK bread has become popular in Masvingo owing to its affordability and freshness.
Mukaratirwa could not disclose how much the council was owed in bills by DCK Bakery and the criteria used to target the institution when there are other heavy debtors chiefly government departments which owe the council in excess of $30 million.
In December last year, the city council threatened to take the police to debt collectors in an effort to recover a debt which had ballooned to $10 709 881,22 as at October 31 and gave the law enforcement agents a 14 day ultimatum to comply.
Council is owed in excess of $130 million with the police, army and prisons topping the list of heavy debtors.
The army and prisons are said to be committing to payment plans to settle their debts but the police has remained stubborn though receiving uninterrupted services.
Of the $131,2 million total debt owed to the city council, residential areas owe a combined 45 percent, institutions owe 43 percent and the Central Business District (CBD) owe 12 percent.