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The City has entered into a pilot electronic bill payment agreement with CBZ Bank which will see the later accepting payments from Harare ratepayers from all their branches countrywide.



 This was done to ease congestion at city banking halls and to provide convenience to the paying public.

The pilot phase will subject the system to validity and reliability checks before roll out. The only difference with the wide area network platform is that the system does not employ real-time processing. Transactions are processed midnight daily.

Speaking at a meeting between City of Harare and CBZ officials recently, Mr. Macheka from the CBZ’s E-Banking and Card Services said they are ready to roll out the payment platform to the public.

“The system is now ready to go live from our side. We are here to agree on the timeframes. For the CBZ Bank account holders, we will require them to pre-register their accounts to reduce the margin of error when paying bills and non-account holders or walk-in customers are required to bring their current bills for payment,” he said.

This development comes hard on the heels of late last year’s Wide Area Network (WAN) connection of all the council’s 29 District Offices.

Mr Samson Madzokere, the City’s ICT Manager said more platforms will be introduced this year with POSB Bank and OK Zimbabwe.

The City is also integrating its Website with online payment gateways. This move is an answer to incessant calls by Harare ratepayers in the diaspora who have been clamouring for this development so that they can manage and monitor their accounts and timeously make payments.

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