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Residents' Voices - Issue 36
Residents Association (BPRA)
November 12, 2010
from Home Affairs
Bulawayo residents learnt
that the Ministry of Home Affairs stationed at Msitheli will not
be able to produce national identity documents due to the mechanical
breakdown of equipment and the shortage of stationery. Residents
expressed the view that the responsible ministry has just found
an excuse for the inefficiency and general poor service delivery
that have become part and parcel of the department. Residents felt
that this was ill-timed and inconsiderate in light of the fact that
police zealously arrest residents for not possessing their IDs at
all times. The documents that residents are seeking are potable
and not ruined easily.
adamant on Chombo
Despite attempts by the
minister of Local Government to portray himself as a victim of the
press, residents remain adamant that the Minister should be exposed
to an independent audit by the parliamentary portfolio committee
on Local Government and intense investigation by the police. Residents
have dismissed his attempt to exonerate himself in the newspapers
as a damp squib and an act of saving face. According to residents,
if the minister is convinced that he is innocent, he should subject
himself to a thorough scrutiny by institutions of transparency and
accountability in the country.
threaten to stop paying licences
Residents in Bulawayo
have threatened not to pay licences for Zimbabwe Broadcasting Authority
as it has also failed to justify payments of these licences through
the provision of quality services. Despite these glaring failures,
ZBC still charges residents exorbitant charges. An ordinary television
licence for home televisions and radios is $50 and $20, respectively.
Most residents in Bulawayo prefer to watch SABC which offers better
and informative programmes. Residents in Bulawayo have also queried
why Bulawayo still has one Television station when Harare has 2
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