Residents’ Association (CHRA).
The minister was quoted saying he disapproved the new water rates imposed by the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) because they were not in the best interests of residents.
“The water crisis that we face today and the chaos at Town House are a direct result of the shambolic nature of local government legislation and the conduct of Chombo where it concerns Makwavarara,” says a CHRA statement.
“The outrage by Harare residents when ZINWA and the City of Harare imposed new unreasonable, unjustified and unlawful water charges has forced Chombo to step into the fray and act like the messiah.”
At the beginning of the week, the suspended Town Clerk, Nomutsa Chideya, convened a meeting of heads of departments and District Officers and directed them to let residents pay the May water rates and ignore the ZINWA imposed June water rates until outstanding issues are resolved.
But CHRA warns that people should not be fooled. “Chombo is aware that the we are mobilising for total rates boycott and fears that their source of cheap finances from the municipality faces eminent collapse,” it says.
“Chombo’s party and government are very much afraid of the backlash from residents in an election, hence the constant illegal renewal of the term for the Makwavarara-led commission.” – Staff reporter
Chombo running scared’ - CHRA
HARARE - The utterances by Minister of Local Government Ignatius Chombo at a press conference recently exposed the deep-rooted fears that engulf the regime of President Mugabe where it concerns Harare residents, says the Combined Harare