Residents suffer as stalemate rages on

HARARE - The Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) is deeply concerned by the delay in the finalization of the appointment of the Cabinet.

Zimbabwe has operated without a government since the March 29 elections and this situation has seen most economic players doing business on impulsive speculations. The economy has been left to take its own downhill course. The signing of the power-sharing deal between MDC and Zanu (PF) on September 15 was welcomed with cautious optimism but it seems that hope is slowly fading.

The Zimbabwean dollar has been losing value at an alarming rate and the daily price hikes of basic and non-basic commodities have created an impossible environment. The Reserve Bank Governor, Gideon Gono is unsuccessfully trying to grapple with the collapsing economy.

The political and economic impasse has worsened things as local authorities are finding it difficult to keep abreast with the spiraling inflation. CHRA believes that the local governance system can only be resuscitated when the national governance crisis has been resolved. CHRA calls upon politicians to put the nation before self interest. If things are to change, the transitional government must be found on a balanced power sharing between the parties.

Residents of Harare are being adversely affected by the current policies that resulted in Central Government’s excessive interference in local governance. The water woes that have seen many Harare residents losing their lives to cholera outbreaks are a result of the ruthless decision to hand over the administration of sewer and water services to ZINWA. The appointment and re-appointment of incompetent commissions and the notorious Operation Murambatsvina exercise are dreaded memories that have influenced residents to crave for the betterment of their situation. CHRA urges the powers that be to stop burying their heads in the sand and attend to the governance stalemate as a matter of urgency.  

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