Chombo ignores elected councillors & appoints Commissions

'An outrageous criminal act by a criminal regime'

The law in Zimbabwe stipulates that newly elected councillors should assume
office immediately after the announcement of election results.

Yet eight

weeks after the March 29 election, they have still not been sworn-in. Now

Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo has reportedly appointed

commissions to run the country’s major cities and towns. The MDC immediately

blasted Chombo for sidelining their elected councillors.

The MDC won a majority of the seats on local councils in most urban as well

as rural districts, and they now dominate municipalities in cities including

Harare, Bulawayo, Chitungwiza, Mutare, Masvingo, Gweru, Kwekwe and Chinhoyi.

Mike Davies from the Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) described

Chombo’s move as ‘an outrageous criminal act by a criminal regime’. He said

there is no government running the country and what we have is a criminal

regime that is functioning under a veil of secrecy to hide their criminal


The outspoken activist said Harare is being treated as one big money making

business, and that ZANU-PF is only interested in having ‘a good time at the

trough’ by looting the capital’s resources, giving huge contracts to their

cronies and hiring their family and friends. There are unconfirmed reports

currently circulating in Harare that there has been a massive employment

drive in government owned parastatals since the elections in March.

Davies said CHRA intends to file legal papers to try and force the regime to

install the legitimately elected councils. He explained that Chombo and

ZANU-PF will ignore the courts as they have done on numerous occasions in

the past, but CHRA is taking the legal route in order to create a record of

the abuses.

SWRadio Africa

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