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warn of massive peaceful demos over 2007 City Budget
Residents Association (CHRA)
October 28, 2006
Glen Norah -
Residents here have warned that they will stage massive street demonstrations
against the City of Harare and the government if the 2007 City Budget
is approved without their consent as happened on the current 2006
The 2006 City
Budget was approved despite objections from residents.
speaker at the Glen Norah public meeting held today (Saturday 28
October 2006) held at the Community Hall said the City of Harare
would be putting itself on collision course with residents if the
2007 City Budget was formulated, approved and subsequently implemented
without the input and consent of residents.
made these resolutions following articulate presentations by CHRA
representatives Matsiwo Kazuva, the Ward 15 Coordinator and also
a member of the Programmes Committee, and Jabusile Madyazvimbishi
Shumba, the Advocacy and Training Officer.
CHRA does not promise to change overnight the lives of Harare residents
or promise them money or other flashy incentives.
"What we as
CHRA assure Harare residents is the establishment of a viable and
formidable grassroots movement that assist them to understand and
know their basic civic rights and responsibilities," Kazuva said.
a sound education on the budget-formulation mechanisms. We believe
that if we push our issues and unite in response, we will succeed.
Key issues that we need to be addressed in the upcoming budget are
the city's health delivery system, and the cost of seeking medical
attention at both municipal clinics and hospitals."
high expectations from the residents on the 2007 City Budget must
not be derailed by an illegal commission that thrives on illegality
He urged the
residents of Harare to spearhead the process of mobilisation against
the doomed 2007 City Budget basing their position on three key principles
of the legality of the principals of the budget, impropriety of
the budget formulation process and the illegitimacy of the system
driving the agenda.
reject the city budget on the basis that it is coming from illegal
people with dirty hands," Shumba said to a round of applause from
the strong 90 plus people in attendance. "The commission lacks the
mandate of residents to represent them. The whole process is illegitimate.
If they proceed to formulate, present to the government and approve
for implementation the 2007 budget then they are warned that residents
of Harare will not sit back and watch thieves continue to destroy
rates would be doubled, and in some cases trebled beyond the reach
of the majority. He said by objecting in their thousands against
the proposed budget to demonstrate their capacity to determine how
their city is governed.
pointed out that they needed the City of Harare to devote more resources
to infrastructural maintenance, development and upgrading. Other
key issues include HIV/ Aids, water supply and administration, sewerage
reticulation and Residents resolved to reject the City of Harare
Budget 2007 for three major reasons;
- The Makwavarara
led commission is illegal and has leaved beyond the legal mandate
and therefore they do not have the legitimacy to draw up the budget.
- ZINWA must
be disbanded, its establishment is nothing more than an unnecessary
additional administrative cost, inefficient bureaucracy in water
supply and administration.
- The City
of Harare has not consulted with the residents; the process of
budget formulation is illegitimate.
the CHRA fact
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