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Resolutions of DEMCOF Forum held at Harvest House on 13 January
Councils Forum (DemCoF)
January 13, 2011
Forum (DemCoF) met in Harare today to discuss the following issues;
- The undemocratic
and arbitrary interference of the Ministry of Local Government,
Rural and Urban Development in the running of cities and town
councils in Zimbabwe.
action on the Harare and Mutare Land audit reports on corruption
by named senior Zanu PF officials.
- The politically
partisan manner of targeting democratically elected councils by
Zanu PF functionaries.
- The initiation
of the Zimbabwe Local Government Democracy Charter.
Having so debated
the above issues, we resolved as follows;
that serious malpractices and crimes were committed by Zanu PF in
previous councils, noting Chombo's widely known looting and
asset stripping of council's finite resources.
Chombo's corruption has deprived residents of resources like
the need to stop and reverse these malpractices, DemCoF
resolved that parliament moves a motion to investigate Chombo for
abuse of public office as a matter of urgency and in the national
arbitrary interference in councils
- Noting Chombo's
unwarranted interference and micro-managing of local authorities
- Aware that
the Minister derives most of his power from the draconian local
government laws particularly the Urban
Councils Act and the Rural District Councils Act.
- Worried that
these laws are undemocratic as they give the minister power to
reverse the peoples' will, aspirations and development for
to work with all residents, in their diversity, to realise and restore
the vibrancy of Zimbabwe's Local Authority, promote the generation
of employment and raise the quality of life for the people of Zimbabwe,
in particular its necessary to amend Local Government laws and realign
them with the current needs and demands of the people.
and dismissal of councillors
the Minister of Local Government Rural and Urban Planning has gone
on a retribution campaign suspending and dismissing councillors,
to date Chombo has arbitrarily dismissed 11 of our councillors and
suspended two in Harare.
the move is meant to protect his vast interests and personal fortune
by silencing emerging voices, DemCoF resolved the affected councillors
seek legal recourse against Chombo in both his personal and professional
Zanu PF negligence of local authorities for a period of over a decade
has led to massive collapse of infrastructure and that service delivery
had virtually crumpled.
residents expect improved services.
that DemCoF has a people's mandate and constitutional obligation
to restore the face of Zimbabwe's battered local government.
a lot to improve the services has been done, the DemCoF resolved
that focus should be on the following key result areas;
of water and improvement of sanitary facilities
of health centres with focus on primary health care and communicable
- Repair and
maintenance of roads and infrastructure and the
of housing, shelter and other essential amnesties.
still owes money to local authorities, and that if it pays its debts
the money will make a huge impact on service delivery, DemCoF resolves
to seek direction from the people through regular consultations
on how the money can be recovered and can be invested productively
in the national interest
of local government service charter
the need to set starndards in the provision of service delivery
DemCoF resolves to intiate the development of local government
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