Chra threatens demo against Chombo

HARARE - Harare residents have threatened to boycott paying rates if the Harare city Council (HCC) fails to avail top management salaries within seven days.

Combined Harare residents Association (Chra) said they were prepared to take the city to court to block payment of salaries for public officials “until the matter has been resolved”.

Their threats come hot on the heels of a squabble between Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni and Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo, after the minister directed that suspended town clerk Tendai Mahachi be reinstated.

Mahachi was suspended last week for three months pending investigations into allegations of failing to discharge his duties and furnishing council with the salary schedule for Town House bosses.

“The mayor of the City of Harare and councillors must insist on the successful implementation of investigations into the matter of salaries of public officials especially the top management at Town House,” Chra chairperson Simbarashe Moyo said yesterday.

He said top management salaries should be reviewed or else the organisation will take ruthless action against the city.

“We demand that the minister of Local Government must within a reasonable time frame and in consultation with the mayor of Harare produce a revised and modest salary bill for the top which takes into cognisance the revenue generation capacity of the City of Harare,” Moyo said.

“If these demands are not met within seven days or a reasonable time frame, Chra will mobilise peaceful communities protests in Harare and other cities until these demands are met, file an urgent High court application to block payment of salaries of public officials, call for a massive rates boycott from both residents and the corporate world.”

Supporting Harare mayor’s decision to suspend Mahachi, Chra bashed Chombo for being “complicit in the underhand dealings and scandals” that have rpcked the city.

“It is a matter of public knowledge that Chombo has on several occasions been accused of abusing his authority to acquire large masses of public land from the City of Harare,” Moyo said.

“The residents of Harare will not sit by and watch the plunder of public resources to satisfy the insatiable appetite of a few managers who are gobbling over $500 000 at the expense of social service,” he added.

Comments (11)


Ziziharinanyanga - 5 February 2014

I support the idea of not paying our rates at ALL until these anomalies are regularised. Kusvikira riini tichidzvanyirirwa. look at SA the folks go to the streets. We zimbo's just sit and watch. We are a pathetic lot. Time to take action!

Cry - 5 February 2014

aaah why protect an underperforming laggard hatizvidi zvamunoita izvi hatibhadhare ma rates

protestor - 5 February 2014

Harare residents deserve better treatment.The action by the Minister leaves a lot to be desired.What is he protecting?

Mambo - 5 February 2014

I think its high time we show Dr. Chomba that we are not a useless lot. CHRA has been playing lip service to the corruption at town house for too long. Now its time for action.

Ususman Felix - 6 February 2014

i think chombo is getting a kickback from these people. Let us not torelate this nonsense

mikel - 6 February 2014

Corruption is in ZANUPF dna so its very difficult to deal with isolated reported incidences .What is happening now is showing that the centre cannot hold hence things are falling apart.For how long are we going to remain silent when such things happen in our society.

Aluta continua - 6 February 2014

vanhu vemuzimbwabwe mese murimarabishi you must all get arrested how can someone gets a million $ per month when you claim to be under sanctions . MR Commander in chief lets have Salary controls.Your economy no one must get salary above $8000 in zimbabwe whether CEO or or any minister.look your civil servents including your educated perm secretary they get $500 less than$1000 thus reasoble amount for that economy. Mr comander in chief musanyegerere munhu wether its e palastatal or municipality dzingai imbwa dzese masalaries ngaaenderane ne economy yenyika yedu. vanhu varikutambura .vanoda mari idzodzo ngavaende ku America vandopiwe mari idzodzo. Munyika yamai Gushungo apa tinoda Kuona simba renyu chairo chairo nekuti apa paita vasveta simba

DOFO - 6 February 2014

CHOMBO ITSOTSI. Chombo knows that if Mahachi is out for 3 months, all his (chombo) corrupt dealings with city of harare will be exposed. Do you know that his wife is a frontperson in chombo's housing development deals.

NDAGAYA MANJE - 6 February 2014

Nhai Cde President muripi?? Inga takakuvhoterai wani??? Makasvodesa Masimirembwa pasina evidence ava vane evidence movachengeta nekuvanyararira???

wezhira wezhara - 6 February 2014

It would be helpful if our leaders started to plan for the future generation. The way resources are being managed as of now generally in most government institutions does not seem to be considerate of the future of the young. While it is obvoius that corruption is a problem in almost every other country. There seems to be reasonable limits if any government has to allow for tomorrow. The current wage bill of our city seems to be beyond what the country can afford. Money that is meant for development in our country should not be spend this way. I do hope that the individuals implicated in this issue did not spend these million on luxurious cars and gadgets from the west. Lets think progressively. Lets think of the future.

pastor - 6 February 2014

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