via Harare residents march in support of Mayor | SW Radio Africa by Tichaona Sibanda on Friday, February 7, 2014
A Harare pressure group on Friday led residents in a march to Town House, in a show of support for Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni’s fight cleanse the city council of corruption.
Samuel Mangoma, the acting director of Restoration of Human Rights (ROHR), said reports of gross financial irregularities at town house must be investigated without fear or favour, amid indications Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo is against any probe.
The Mayor of Harare last week suspended the town clerk, Tendai Mahachi, for failing to comply with a directive to furnish council with the salary schedules of all senior council employees.
Less than 48 hours later Chombo, a friend and alleged business partner of Mahachi, directed that he be reinstated before any investigations can be conducted against him, in the process rescinding the Manyenyeni’s decision to suspend him. This move has angered residents who have vowed to fight Chombo tooth and nail to ensure he keeps his hands off council affairs.
Mangoma told SW Radio Africa that corruption at town house has deprived residents of basic services and that their march against corruption was the beginning of big things to come.
‘We went to Town House to show our moral support to the mayor in his gallant fight to rid the council of the rot. The mayor acted within the confines of the constitution to suspend Mahachi and we all knew Chombo would move to protect him.
‘But this time we want to be loud and clear that Chombo must be stopped. He’s a sinner and today’s (Friday)’s event was just the beginning of a long battle ahead to show him he cannot win against millions of Harare residents,’ Mangoma added.
A High Court judge meanwhile has thrown out an application filed by a Harare resident that sought to stop Mahachi from reporting for duty.
Bellinda Chinowawa of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, who filed the application on behalf of resident and ratepayer Tawanda Zhuwarara, said the judge threw out the application because Manyenyeni had already complied with Chombo’s order to reinstate Mahachi.
Despite the setback, other residents are making a statement on the Mahachi saga, like 42 year-old Philosophy Nyapfumbi who has gone on a hunger strike in protest over the reinstatement of the town clerk. The Herald reported that Nyapfumbi vowed he would starve himself until the town clerk was suspended again.
‘I am acting on behalf of all city residents who want Mahachi to remain suspended. I am not saying the Town Clerk is corrupt, but for the city to improve its service delivery which has deteriorated over the years he has to pave way for investigations to be made.
‘I will stay here at Town House and I will only leave when the town clerk is no longer coming to work. Council is failing in waste management, maintaining potholes and even traffic lights while they are paying each other hefty salaries. This has to stop and I am saying no to this,’ Nyapfumbi told the Herald.
WHY IS CHOMBO PROTECTING MAHACHI AT THE EXPENSE OF HARARE RATE PAYERS. CHOMBO IS CORRUPT AND MUGABE A SENILE DONKEY SHOULD GO. I DO NOT SUPPORT ZANU PF BUT IF IT MEANS THAT MUJURU OR MNANGAGWA SHOULD TAKE OVER IT IS BETTER BECAUSE MUGABE IS COMPLETELY OUT OF TOUCH BECAUSE OF AGE. NYIKA YAFA NECHEMBERE IYI
Very very good development. A change of strategy.
ARISE HARARE RESIDENTS! ARISE! If you do not fight for your rights nobody will.
Lets fight this rot people of Zimbabwe.We have allowed this to go on for a very long time and it is time we stand up and say no to this rot.
Struggle must cme thru another angle nw until al the thieves are gone .Nw we need unity of purpose party lines aside ,ths is the time vehama tazwa nenhamo
the problem is that in our govenment the executive controls the judiciary. So they will never be prosecute. The judges will always play tricks to protect these robbers. Even our parly doesn’t have real powers. This is the worst colonial system ever.
I salute the principled residents of Harare led by Samuel Mangoma & Philosophy Nyapfumbi who is prepared to put his life on the line to fight the scourge that is ZPF. I encourage more residents to take similar action under the leadership of HRT & CHRA. We will once again prove that we can liberate ourselves not those who claim to have done so only to rape & pillage our wonderful country for 34 years!
We need a mass strike at town house which must spread to all cities. MDC T must call for mass rally to concientise the masses so that we all go to town house or unity square.
chombo anotoda mboma chaiyo tirikumunonokera anoda kafiramberi anombodrivhira kupi mota yake timutambe sukula yemasuku zvipfuure
achadzosa mastands ose anawo aakaba kucouncil
vazukuru vangu munondishungrudza,lets just boycot payment of our bills…after all we are not even getting any service besides enriching zvombo…chombo in plural,so why pay,silly silly silly
That’s a gud start. Waiting for MDC is a waste of time cos they’re are now tired + yakazara malawyer who believe in filing petitions after petitions vakapfeka masutu nekusunga matai. Izvi zvakuda chigandanga pple who ar prepared to shed blood