‘Chinotimba must stop joking with people’s lives’ CHRA
‘Chinotimba must stop joking with people’s lives’ CHRA

In a move that left a signature mark in town, comedian and legislator Joseph Chinotimba staged a one-man demonstration that was immediately joined by touts and pirate taxi drivers. The legislator, who is well-known for his self-made comic stature, demonstrated against the harassment of pirate taxi drivers by the municipal and Zimbabwe Republic Police officers. His plea immediately got obvious sympathy from his target group with whom he has imposed himself as their patron.

Pirate taxis have become famous for the wrong reasons; they have become known for causing congestion, loading at undesignated zones and causing accidents along the process. The same has been noted for touts who have become a menace to society, and whose unruly behaviour has seen them harass women for wearing clothes of their choice.

Whilst it is acknowledged that there is need for creating more jobs, Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) is unequivocally against earning a living through uncouth means that involve creating disorder and anarchy coupled with abusing women’s rights. We condemn Chinotimba’s advocacy in the strongest of terms as this is tantamount to promoting loss of innocent lives.

The reckless and dangerous driving by pirate taxi operators has in many cases caused accidents and in some instances led to loss of lives. We call upon residents of Harare to use designated pick-up points and always make it a point to use registered and traceable public transport for their safety.

Politics is a game of smear campaigns but as an Association, we become worried when respected individuals politic with people’s lives and rights. CHRA will not tolerate touts who hide under their political banner to perennially flout city by-laws. We remain committed to the restoration of order and sanity in our CBD. -CHRA

Zinara, Harare City in $4.1 million project to fix roads

The Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) and Harare City Council have embarked on a joint $4.1 million emergency road rehabilitation programme to repair potholed roads across the city.


Speaking after inspecting roads that were being repaired in the city earlier this week, Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Ignatius Chombo applauded the partnering of council and the national road agency saying this will go a long way in solving challenges of potholes on the roads. The minister also acknowledged the outcry by motorists over the poor state of roads.

The development comes after most roads in the city have become impassable following years of neglect and also due to incessant heavy rainfalls that hit the city a few weeks ago. The situation in the city, and across the country in general, is so bad with motorists saying poor roads are causing road traffic accidents resulting in loss of lives.

Harare Mayor Benard Manyenyeni was last week forced to hold an urgent meeting with Zinara in order to find ways of filling crater-like potholes now present in all city roads. This was after his tour to areas like Warren Park and Mbare where he witnessed the bad shape of roads and listened to residents’ complaints over the situation.

Housing co-op members storm ZANU (PF) offices
Over 100 members of Dzivarasekwa-based Nehanda Housing Co-operative this week stormed ZANU (PF) Headquarters in Harare demanding the party intervenes and oust the co-operative’s top leadership which they accuse of favoritism, corruption and misappropriation of funds.

zanupf hqThe protestors charged that the Never Kowo–led housing co-operative had misappropriated over $3 million dollars raised through individual contributions dating back to 2002. They also bemoaned failure by the leadership to hold Annual General Meetings where audited financial statements are presented to members.

‘We have decided to come to the party (Zanu PF) headquarters seeking for intervention after an initial meeting with ZANU (PF) Provincial chairperson Goodwills Masimirembwa failed to help us arguing the case is before courts of law. We are angry because the co-operative’s leadership is rotten with corruption. We want them to explain to us how funds were being used and they have not given us that opportunity,’ said one of the protestors.

Another protestor said, ‘We are demanding transparency and accountability in the management of the co-operative and allocation of stands and houses because there are people who are not in the co-operative but have been allocated houses. We therefore want the ruling party to assist us.’

Although Masimirembwa could not be reached for comment, Kowo is on record saying allegations being raised against him are malicious and should be dismissed.

A number of housing co-operatives in Harare are allegedly being run by corrupt leaders most of whom linked or claiming link to the ruling party. Such co-operatives include Ushewokunze and Tirivepano in Harare South, Chombouta in Kuwadzana, Magamba in Kambuzuma and others mushrooming in open spaces around the city. Challenges of governance and corruption have literally collapsed development at these co-operatives thereby dimming hopes for over a million people seeking houses in Harare.

According to Harare Residents Trust (HRT), the demand for housing stands has also resulted in the emergence of ‘land barons’ who are reportedly grabbing open spaces in the city and illegally selling it to unsuspecting land seekers. For example in Kuwadzana, HRT says residents from Kuwadzana 4 are complaining that land barons allocated themselves land which is between the community library and a recreational park whilst in Warren Park D the barons allegedly invaded land reserved for a secondary school and turned it into residential stands. Also in Budiriro 5, the open space near a fly-over bridge has also been illegally occupied.

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