The rogue elements, whose identity is known to residents, claim they have police protection.
Instead of resorting to violence, the Welfare Trust members should focus on what they really want to achieve. The HRT is not an enemy.
We are merely offering free advice to an irresponsible outfit, drunk with confusion, on how to become relevant under the prevailing economic and socio-political conditions. The HRT is focused on strengthening citizen participation in community development.
Since Saturday 17 March 2012, a man who identified himself as Moffat Swizani, known to residents in Geneva suburb in Highfield as the Secretary for Transport in Zanu (PF)’s District Coordinating Committee 2, has been using an Econet mobile number 0773 864 480 to issue violent threats against HRT officials Precious Shumba (HRT Founder and Director), Simbarashe Majamanda (Membership), Tariro Manhendere (Advocacy and Communications), Sylvia Bhasikolo (Mabvuku Treasurer) and community volunteers. He threatens to unleash violence similar to that seen during the ‘June 27’ election run-off.
This Moffat, who claimed that he was the director of the Welfare Trust, said there was no one who could stop them, not even the police.
The HRT believes that the Zimbabwe Republic Police knows they have a Constitutional mandate to protect all citizens and will not sink so low to protect criminal behaviour.
While there is nothing wrong about anyone being a Zanu (PF) member, it is criminal for a person or a group of people to hide behind the party, tarnishing its image by persecuting innocent citizens.
Asked why he was behaving like a village bully, Moffat claimed that “the HRT is undermining the Welfare trust by telling people that it was a bogus organization.”
The HRT maintains that the trust should be held accountable for the thousands of dollars that they misled poor residents to part with.
The Trust accuses the HRT of influencing people to resist the temptation to pay $1 for membership and $20 to clear their bills, irrespective of amounts owed to the City of Harare.
This organization has no mandate; neither does it have the authority to spread false information to the residents on cancellation of debts.
The HRT urges the police to put a stop to this madness. Residents are urged to demand their money back because their debts will not just go away. Whenever the trust moves into their neighbourhood, residents are urged to shun their meetings and refuse to be conned.
The City Treasury and councillors have discouraged residents from being misled.Post published in: News