The Rural Districts Councils CEOs Forum for Manicaland province has highlighted that rate payers are not paying what they owe to RDCs and that is hindering development.

RDCs are supposed to get revenue from those who operate within the districts and that is the money they use in the day to day running of the councils.

According to the constitution and RDC Act, those who occupy or own land within an RDC area should pay levies or rates.

CEOs Forum chairperson Zephania Jaravaza says Rural District Councils have been facing challenges with mobile network providers who are resisting to pay rates.

“We are facing challenges with mobile network providers, some pay, some don’t pay what they owe to council. Even the residents demand for services but they do not pay what they are supposed to pay,” said Jaravaza.

RDCs rely on revenue from rate payers and that money is used for development in the districts.