BANK PAYMENTS TO ENHANCE COUNCIL REVENUE COLLECTION

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By KALOBWE BWALYA

THE decision by the Lusaka City Council (LCC) to change the system of paying for services through the banks is welcome as it will help curb corruption.

A Lusaka resident, Mr Davies Champo, told the Daily Nation in an interview that the move would rid the council of corruption and improve its revenue collection.

He said that it was easier for the council to account for computed payments through the banks than across the counter ones which could easily be abused.

LCC public relations manager, George Sichimba, announced on Monday that council clients would now be required to make payments through Indo Zambia Bank and the Zambia national Commercial Bank (ZANACO) situated within the revenue hall and on the civic centre first floor.

He said that the clients would then be required to deposit payment slips to the council cashiers for issuance of receipts.

Mr Sichimba announced that the council was also working on modalities to partner with mobile money service providers to also collect payments on behalf of the local authority.

“This are part of the measures being put in place to migrate from cash payments to cashless transactions at pay points like the market places, the council would also provide teller machines for issuance of receipts,” he said.

“The council would also partner with other banks willing to set up pay points on behalf of the council,” said Mr Sichimba.

On Monday, LCC with immediate effect has stopped accepting cash payment across the counter for council services at the revenue hall.

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