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occupy their space at town house
Residents Association (CHRA)
March 20, 2007
RESIDENTS of Harare led by the Combined
Harare Residents Association (CHRA) today Tuesday 20 March 2007
forcibly occupied the space of Town House and denounced the illegal
commission running the affairs of the City of Harare.
The brave residents were led by Michael
Jeffrey Davies, the CHRA Chairperson who held a banner inscribed:
'We reject the continued stripping of our assets by the illegal
commission' while other demonstrators held banners inscribed: 'Makwavarara-You
are illegal, Vacate Town House’, and 'The Harare Commission is Illegal,
Elections for Harare Now!'
Mr Davies said: "Today CHRA occupied
the steps of Town House to send a clear message to the regime that
Harare belongs to us, the residents of Harare. We will continue
to demonstrate and hold other peaceful campaigns against the illegal
commission until elections are held in Harare. Viva CHRA!"
CHRA has led a campaign against the illegal
commission running the City of Harare, buoyed by the recent High
Court judgment by Justice Lawrence Kamocha which ruled that the
commission was illegal. CHRA insist that elections must be held
now or Harare shall become a battleground with residents forcibly
occupying their stolen democratic space.
No one was arrested. The demonstrators
moved with speed and confidence onto the steps to Town House and
sang revolutionary songs denouncing Sekesai Makwavarara and her
commission, demanding that elections be held now.
They were within the premises of Town
House for at most five minutes. Timid municipla policemen asked
the demonstrators to go outside the Town House yard where they started
singing anti-commission songs, warning of more such demonstrations
if elections are not held in Harare.
Makwavarara Must Go Now! The Commission
is Illegal! Elections For Harare Now!
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