Residents want audience with Chombo

Harare residents want Minister of Local Government and Public Works, Ignatius Chombo, to explain why he was constructing buildings on wetlands and how many properties he owned across the country.

Chombo
Chombo

The demand was made yesterday at a Council-Residents report-back meeting held at the Town House.

Residents expressed anger at Chombo whom they accused of forbidding home owners to own more than one property in a particular residential area ‘whilst he had hundreds of houses all over the shore’.

“Last time we met we asked council to avail Chombo at future meetings for a question-and -answer session, but the request was ignored by council authorities,” said a female participant.

During the report-back meeting, Deputy Mayor for Harare, Martin Muzuwa, responding to a question from the floor, said cabinet would determine the salary scales for top local authority employees such as the town clerk and directors.

Council was also quizzed on why it acquired loans from outside the country without consulting rate payers.

Council had admitted securing a $144 million loan from China for development of water infrastructure.

Another $400 million is expected from a South Africa company, Neo Capital, for the rehabilitation of roads.

ZINARA would pay back the loan and forfeit funds it was supposed to distribute to Harare annually.

Residents told the local authority in no uncertain terms that they were not happy with the sponsorship of Harare City Football Club out of ratepayers’ money.

Officers at revenue collection offices around suburbs were described as arrogant and the Council was asked to equip the officers with public relations skills.

There were calls for justice to be meted out against council employees found guilty of misconduct ‘since mere dismissals would not appease ratepayers’.

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