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Commission illegal - CHRA
Residents Association (CHRA)
December 13, 2006
Harare Residents Association (CHRA) has strongly rejected the extension
the tenure of the commission running the affairs of Harare.
13 December, a spokesperson of the Ministry of Local Government,
Public Works and Urban Development announced that Minister Chombo
had extended the tenure of the commission running the Harare city
led by Ms Sekesayi Makwavarara. This comes at a time when residents
are disgruntled and dissatisfied with the council's service
has been running the city to the ground since December 2004 after
its appointment by the Government to temporarily run the city's
affairs. Harare's reputation as the sunshine city has been
compromised by the puppet commission which has neglected its delivery
system and has also been dogged with allegations of corruption and
caught up with Mr. Mike Davies, the CHRA chairperson to get a brief
comment on the situation and the position of the residents. Mr.
Davies pointed out that the extension was illegal and against the
dictates of the Urban Council's Act which gives citizens the
right to elect their own leaders.
on to say that the extension is merely a political maneuver by the
government at the expense of residents and service delivery. He
called on residents to resist the infringement of their rights through
demonstrations which will send a clear message to the regime.
Asked what the
association would do in response, the Chairperson pointed out that
the only way to resolve the crisis would be through disobedience
and demonstrations. CHRA has appealed to the government and parliament
through petitions with no response. They also appealed to the judiciary
in June 2005 to no avail considering the polarized nature of the
system and their collaboration with the regime. The state has clearly
shown that they cannot be trusted to solve grievances.
Mr. Davies clearly
distinguished between a government and a regime pointing out that
Zimbabwe is being run by a regime which seizes power through electoral
fraud, subversion of laws and use of violence against its citizens.
It is our view as Crisis Coalition that the government should give
back to the people their right to elect their council and not have
one imposed upon them by an illegitimate government. The exit of
Makwavarara and her band wagon of servants is long overdue and the
people must stand up and claim their rights.
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