Residents protest Chombo's decision

HARARE - Harare’s Town House yesterday erupted after disgruntled residents besieged it showing their discontent in the way Local government minister Ignatius Chombo reinstated Town clerk Tendai Mahachi.

Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni had suspended Mahachi pending investigations into allegations of failing to discharge his duties and refusing to furnish council with a salary schedule for the city’s top management.

Apart from protestors from Restoration of Human Rights (ROHR), a man who has gone on hunger strike also said he was prepared to die if Chombo’s directive was not reversed.

“I am prepared to be here until my demands are met, after fourteen days my family will join me. I am prepared to even die, as I am here my Bible will be my friend and my source of strength,” said Philosophy Nyapfumbu.

A group of demonstrators said their march was the first of bigger campaigns to come against Chombo and Mahachi.

“We are not going to rest until Mahachi leaves this place,” ROHR director Samuel Mangoma said.

“We have arranged this demonstration so that we can show support to our mayor. This is the time to show leadership and say no to corruption.”

He accused Chombo and Mahachi of being partners in corruption.

“These two guys are friends and not friends for a good cause but friends in corruption; all political parties, civic organisations and everyone should join hands to fight against corruption.

After the demonstration, Mangoma left a petition showing the residents’ solidarity with Manyenyeni.

“The man deserved to be shown the red card!  You acted within the provisions of both the Urban Councils Act and the Zimbabwean Constitution. We therefore urge you to ignore minister Chombo’s calls for you to reverse this people-centred decision”, the petition read.

Mangoma said Chombo was out of line in reversing the mayor’s suspension of Mahachi, saying the salaries Town House bosses were earning were evil.

“That salary structure is a structure for sinners”, he said.

Comments (3)

Chombo should also leave the Ministry of Local Government. He is now a huge liability.

the truth - 9 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 - 9 February 2014

I think Chombo overstepped his discretional authority on this matter and it's testing the people's power to extreme ends. He must just swallow his pride and allow the suspension of Mahachi to stand. Actually ALL town clerks the country over must be probed as soon as possible if our Local authorities are to regain their yester years' status

Mugaradziko Sondon Stalin - 9 February 2014

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