The Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) yesterday called on the government to be transparent with residents in the day to day running of council business, urging proper service delivery for the residents.
Speaking at a public meeting at the Harare Club, CHRA representative Evernice Munondo said the future of service delivery might be in disarray after the government’s directive that councils should write of debts they are owed by residents.
“Interference from other people who had interests in council business made the Harare Council fail to deliver proper service to the people. As an association, we want the government to show transparency and deal with corruption from the root,” said Munondo, adding, “We are careful and cautious about what politicians say especially on rallies.”
Munondo asked who would benefit from the scrapped debts.
“We have people with debts of over $390,000 written off. How are employees going to be catered for?” she asked.
Douglas Mwonzora, spokesperson for the MDC-T, also chipped in: “I think people should expect more hardships and a worse environment because service delivery is in shambles here in Harare.”
He also agreed that there are things councilors erred on as they failed to represent the people.
Gabriel Chaibva, a ZANU PF representative at the meeting, however urged residents to work closely with their leaders and dispelled pessimism, reiterating, “there is need to keep hope alive.”