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Chipata City Council owed over 16 million Kwacha in unpaid billboards, leased properties revenue

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The Chipata City Council is owed over 16.5 million Kwacha by its debtors in unpaid revenue for billboards, leased properties and property rates.

This came to light during the last Full Council meeting held in the Council Chamber yesterday.

However, some Councilors have expressed concern that none collection of debt by the Council management is contributing to financial challenges the local authority is facing currently.

Kanjala Ward Councilor William Phiri said if the money can be collected, it can help to settle the salary arrears for the workers at the Council.

And Committee Chairperson for Finance Naphitali Banda says the outbreak of Covid-19 and lack of sensitization on the importance of citizens to pay property rates has greatly affected the collection of debt in Chipata.

Banda said the Council has done its best to ensure that the money is collected from all its debtors to help in the operation of the Council.

He said the council cannot operate effectively if it is not supported by the people it serves.

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