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residents are faced with massive increases in rates and charges
Residents Association (CHRA)
June 05, 2007
Yet again residents are
facing massive increases in rates and charges imposed by the de
facto authorities at Town House without consultation. Such increases
will not be accompanied by any discernable improvement in service
delivery. Indeed we can expect services to continue to decline.
Let us be very
clear: contrary to the Herald report [appended below], there is
no Council running the affairs of Harare. Instead there is an illegal
Commission imposed by a partisan and illegitimate regime in an effort
to deny citizens their democratic right to elect a Council headed
by an Executive Mayor. Makwavarara and her fellow commissioners
are nothing more than thieves feeding at the trough that continues
to be filled by docile and fearful residents.
therefore should be rejected with contempt, even if a case can be
made for increases based on the horrendous inflation caused by the
flawed policies of the Mugabe regime.
CHRA has petitioned
the Judiciary to protect our rights. We have called on Parliament
to uphold the laws they enacted. Neither has responded. We therefore
feel justified in engaging in civil disobedience to assert our rights.
Apart from demonstrations and local actions, the rates boycott is
the main weapon at our disposal.
its call for responsible residents to refuse to pay any rates and
charges until our rights are respected and a democratically elected
Council is in place with a clear mandate to administer the city.
CHRA will provide advice and legal support to all bona fide boycotters
who are members of the Association and who register with us.
With the theft
of our water system by ZINWA (yet another trough for patronage!),
the Municipality can no longer use the threat of water disconnections
to intimidate ratepayers and has no choice but to take legal action.
The current use of private debt collection agencies is illegal and
has no force in law. Any seizure of assets authorised by the courts
for non-payment can only be carried out by the Master of the Courts.
Residents who receive demands from debt collection agencies should
immediately contact CHRA for advice and support.
We have no
illusions that the rates boycott will cause the regime to correct
its ways but at a minimum, boycotters can proudly claim that they
are not funding the thieves who not only steal our money on a daily
basis but who unleashed the crime against humanity known as Operation
a subject and become a citizen. Stand up for your rights! No taxation
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