Chombo stifles democracy – MDC (14-12-06)

Child sweeping the remains of what was his family
home before his house was razed down in Murambatswina 2


HARARE – The life span of the Commission that has been running the affairs of the city of Harare came to an end on Saturday.

“Residents of Harare deserve nothing short of an elected and accountable leadership to take over from the corrupt and dysfunctional Sekesai Makwavarara-led commission that was forcibly imposed on them two years ago when the popularly elected MDC-led council was dismissed,” said Trudy Stevenson, MDC (Mutambara) shadow minister for local government.

Minister Chombo was determined to stifle democracy by extending the term of the Makwavarara Commission, she said, in spite of the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, typified by poor service delivery; rampant looting of council property, corruption, mismanagement of council property and carefree attitude coupled with downright arrogant behaviour towards the plight of the rate payers that is being exhibited by both the minister and members of the Commission.

“This is totally unacceptable and it must be stopped. Chombo spoke of appointing a new commission as if to suggest that there was no alternative to commissions. The alternative is there and it is to give the people of Harare their democratic right to elect those that they feel are competent enough to run the affairs of the city.

“MDC joins the residents of Harare in resisting Chombo’s obnoxious, stinking and hypocritical machinations by demanding their right to elect leaders of their choice to run the affairs of the city,” said Stevenson. – Staff reporter

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