Residents march in rates protest

chra_logoHARARE Exorbitant rates and poor prioritisation of issues have led Harare residents to take to the streets. The Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) is organising a march for 12 noon on Monday, September 28.

Marchers will walk from Africa Unity Square to the Town House, protesting the lack of service improvement, despite increased rates and levies.

They also say the council has not set its priorities correctly citing the purchase of three executive cars at a cost of more than $300,000 when services remain poor.

Marchers will also be protesting what they say is unwarranted interference in council business by the Minister of Local Government, who has rescinded several council resolutions meant to expose and stamp out corruption.

The march will also impress upon the city fathers the need to ensure that there is substantial residents participation in the 2010 city budget formulation process, said a statement from the CHRA. The association urged all its members and residents of all political persuasions to come out in force.

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