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General Council Meeting resolutions
Residents Association (BPRA)
December 03, 2010
council meeting resolutions
Residents Association (BPRA) held its General Council Meeting on
Sunday 28 November 2010 at the Bulawayo Agenda Democracy Centre.
The General Council was attended by 80 residents representing chairpersons
and Secretary for Administration for the 29 wards of Bulawayo, the
Executive Council and the Board. The General Council was held to
evaluate the activities of the association in 2010 and also make
final preparations for the 2010 residents Social Accountability
Conference to be held at the Large City Hall on 5 December.
Council made the following resolutions on pertinent developments
in the City of Bulawayo. These recommendations shall guide the programming
of the association in the coming months.
that the indigenisation law was meant to cripple the labour movement
by facilitating companies' takeover by party functionaries
who will employ people from one political party or discourage them
from participating in ZCTU's
activities. In addition to that residents noted that there was a
general disregard of the principle of indigenisation as local communities
fails to benefit from the companies taken over. Against this background,
residents resolved that advocacy initiatives aimed at making sure
that locals benefit from companies taken over and those companies
are not taken over by party functionaries for party purposes.
It was decided
that the Ministry of Industry and Commerce should be called upon
to explain why companies are relocating from Bulawayo. The ministry
should be asked to explain what it is doing to counter this trend.
This follows a troubling trend whereby companies continue relocating
from Bulawayo to Harare leaving people in Bulawayo with fewer employment
opportunities and the city developing at a snail's pace.
City Council (BCC)
was resolved that the city council must be pressured to review its
policy of engaging private developers into the city as they charge
exorbitant prices. This is meant to de-commercialise the sector
so that ordinary residents can afford to buy properties. Private
developers are strictly out to accrue profits and hence charge prices
that are beyond the reach of most residents in the city. As long
as private developers are at play, rich people will continue to
own multiple properties while poor people will have nothing.
resolved that council must be engaged in to stop water disconnections
for people who have outstanding bills. Residents noted that water
is a universal right that every person should have access to hence
city council should not disconnect anyone.
Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA)
that further action should be embarked in to get ZESA to comply
with the Competition and Tariffs Commission (CTC) ruling to reduce
tariffs by 43%. Delegates resolved to take legal action against
the parastatals and continue staging demonstrations until ZESA complies
with the demands of the residents.
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