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Respect the urban vote, Mr President
Residents Association (CHRA)
August 26, 2013
Mugabe during the burial of former liberation fighter Mike Karakadzai.
The President threatened Harare and Bulawayo residents with unspecified
investing their vote in Dr Morgan Tsvangirai, who leads the
biggest opposition party in Zimbabwe. In Harare, MDC got many seats
whilst Zanu-PF only got 3 parliamentary seats whereas in Bulawayo,
Zanu-PF got nothing completely. The Association, being a representative
of urban residents in Harare, would like to describe the statement
as sad, intolerant and inciting. We know that in politics there
can never be a scenario where everyone could share the same political
opinion hence we have to be tolerant of divergent and dissenting
voices which only serve to prove that we are a heterogeneous society.
to boycott assisting residents of Harare and Bulawayo with efficient
and effective water provision, Mugabe is shooting himself and his
government in the foot. We will not hesitate to boycott our engagement
with his Zanu-PF government which is wholly reliant on the tax payer’s
money. Harare and Bulawayo are the engines of the national economy
respectively, so by boycotting their service, he is not punishing
the residents of both cities, but the shock will be felt in Binga
It should be
made categorically clear that the President’s threats are
being taken seriously as they are a manifestation of what is currently
happening on the ground. We are experiencing erratic water and electricity
supply since the July 31 election and we now strongly believe that
this is a method of punishing residents for voting for other individuals
outside the Zanu-PF confines. It should be put clear that Zanu-PF
has no monopoly over the people and they should be alive to this
notion if ever they want to engage effectively with those they lead.
CHRA will not
beg the newly elected government to give residents water, but will
vigorously make it clear that water is our inalienable right and
that by supplying us with water; the government is not doing us
a favour, but is simply fulfilling its obligation as enshrined in
the constitution. We will not stop to demand our right to water
just because Zanu-PF lost seats in Harare and Bulawayo. Water is
our right and we will do everything legal in our capacity to make
sure that we get it in adequate quantities.
we would like to urge the President to retract his unfortunate statement
and walk his talk of peace and reconciliation. You cannot indicate
right then turn left hence it’s imperative for President Mugabe
to walk his own talk.
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