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CHRA last week
Harare Residents Association (CHRA)
July 23, 2013
Harare Residents Association (CHRA) held a number of programs during
the week ending July 21. The activities ranged from road shows,
sports tournament and community meetings. The main objective of
these activities was to mobilise residents of Harare to come out
in their numbers and vote a candidate of their choice in the forth-coming
election, due on July the 31st.
meetings running under “meet the candidate series” were
convened in Highfield and Glen Norah respectively. The meetings
attracted aspiring MPs and councillors from Zanu-PF, MDC-T, MDC
and MKD. There were no representatives from ZDP and Zapu. A total
of 7 aspiring councillors and 5 MPs made it to the platform. All
of the representatives sang from their respective party manifestos
and there were lively debates around the following issues:
- Public space
(construction on wetlands and protection of private land)
- Youth empowerment
and employment creation
and avenues for sustainable peace building
recovery and local economic development
At these platforms,
CHRA has been able to make use of this of this platform to allow
members of the community who failed to check their names on the
voters roll during the 30 day voter registration process which left
out many residents unregistered.
A sports tournament
was convened together with the Crisis
in Zimbabwe Coalition under the Feya Feya platform. The tournament
drew people from all over Harare and different civic organisations.
The sports tournament
which was conducted at the University
of Zimbabwe included soccer, netball and basketball. A pool
tournament was also convened in Southerton at the Red32 which saw
four pool teams battling it out in honour of a free and fair election.
Residents got a copy of our meet your Presidential candidate (R.T.I.)
newsletters whose electronic
copy can be downloaded here. The newsletter was complied in
partnership with the Media
Alliance of Zimbabwe (MAZ). Here, we also managed to cross check
names of all those that were registered but had failed to check
their names on the voters roll.
two roads show, one in Kuwadzana and the other one in Glen View.
At both events residents were addressed by the CHRA local leadership
and the Chairperson of the Association. In Kuwadzana, we recorded
a crowd of about 120-150 residents.
we had close to 600 people in attendance. Our local voter mobilisation
clubs have been very instrumental in mobilising residents to be
part of these historic events ahead of crucial elections. The main
issues raised at these road shows were mainly to do with practicing
one’s democratic right to vote and also encouraging residents
to do so in peace. The Feya Feya campaign was also part of the vehicle
used to package voter information especially the need to have an
election which is premised on a free and fair platform on the part
of all stakeholders ranging from the voter to the candidate. It
is also at these road shows, where we have been able to come up
with our new slogan, “Not just an election, but a just, free
and fair election”.
We have also
composed a jingle targeting Harare residents that encourages them
to go out and vote.
We remain committed
to a free and fair election where all residents are able to express
themselves freely together with the provision of a free and fair
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