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Local government media content update: Issue 2
Residents Association (CHRA)
August 01, 2011
In this issue
of the Municipal Monitor, we take a glimpse at Local Government
stories as they came out in the print and electronic media for the
past one and a half weeks.
would like to applaud the Daily news and the Newsday for continued
coverage on issues of local governance. The two papers have been
in the forefront in exposing the rot in our local authorities. CHRA
is concerned with the continued threat to fire elected councilors
by the Minister of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development.
The Minister continues to abuse provisions in the Urban
Councils Act to fire elected councilors. The Association urges
the Portfolio Committee on Local Government to hasten review and
reform of this Act. CHRA submitted a paper to COPAC that deals with
the "Local Government we want" which should address
the issue of constitutionalisation of local governance in Zimbabwe.
vows to continue firing elected councilors
ZBC news bulletin (01-08-2011)
Chombo has vowed to continue invoking sections in the Urban Councils
Act [29:13] against all corrupt Councilors. The statement issued
by the Minister came in response to the statement released by ECAZ
in the dailynews which condemned the illegal accumulation of land
which was being done by the Minister. The Urban Councils Act gives
excessive powers to the Minister making our local Government system
unresponsive because of centralization of power.
letter to Minister Chombo
Daily News (01-08-2011)
Elected Councilors Association of Zimbabwe wrote
an open letter to the Minister of Local Government Rural and Urban
Development demanding that he disclose how he got his land which
he has. ECAZ, openly challenged the Minister to stop propagating
corruption through distributing public land to his close friends
and relatives ahead of the poor citizenry. Chombo was called upon
to account on how much he had paid so far in taxes. The Councilors
attacked the Zimbabwe Local Government Association (ZILGA) saying
that it was a puppet of Chombo and it has never stood for development
other than serve the interests of the Minister of Local Government.
won't be blindfolded
Daily News on Sunday (31-07-2011)
CHRA wrote to the press exposing the hypocrisy that
was exhibited by Tendai Savanhu a former Commissioner in the City
of Harare who blamed the collapse of service delivery on current
elected councilors. CHRA opposed the statements made by Savanhu
adding that it was actually the caretaker commissions that were
appointed by Minister Chombo who where responsible for the collapse
of service delivery not the other way round. The Makwavarara Commission
has been implicated in the land audit report that saw some Harare
Councilors being fired by the Minister. CHRA called upon Savanhu
to openly declare his assets and cede some of the many houses he
has to the urban poor so that those that do not have houses can
benefit from rich people like him.
praise City for improved service delivery
City of Harare for a general improvement in service delivery. In
this article, residents sighted areas where services had improved
and areas that need attention. The article acknowledged the resurfacing
of 4th street between Josiah Tongogara and Herbert Chitepo and that
it should be used as a benchmark in servicing all the roads in Harare
to reduce road carnage. Water delivery service needs improvement
in areas of Mandara, Greendale, Tafara-Mabvuku and parts of Malberein.
CHRA urged the C.O.H. to timeously inform residents when they intend
to effect water cuts.
reckless accumulation of City properties
Daily News (23-07-2011)
CHRA wrote to the dailynews expressing its concern
over the amount of stands, which Phillip Chiyangwa a well known
property magnet owns. In this article, CHRA took a swipe at some
of the land Chiyangwa has, exposing the illegal transactions that
were done at the expense of the suffering and homeless public. Chiyangwa
took advantage of the economic situation which had gripped the nation
and went on a land accumulation spree exchanging land with vehicles
most of which have run down to date. The land swap of stand number
389 Derbyshire and stand number 19345 belonging to the City of Harare
are a case in point which exposed the corruption that was practiced.
should investigate its management
The Chief fire officer of the City of Harare came
under fire from an anonymous resident who wrote to the press indicating
that he (Chief fire officer) was promoting non performing staff.
He lamented that there are no qualified doctors in the ambulance
and fire department. The shortage of proper fire machines and ambulances
has exacerbated death-rates in the event of accidents. The response
rate of the ambulance and the fire brigade is also a cause of concern,
prompting more private players who charge exorbitant fees for these
services to come into play.
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