Harare fury over as 43 go on foreign soccer trip

HARARE residents stormed mayor Bernard Manyenyeni’s offices Tuesday with a petition demanding that he trims a 43-member delegation the local authority is sending to Madagascar with council’s football team.

The delegation, which comprises city council directors and other officials who are not part of the football team’s administrative staff, is expected to spend $55,000 on air fares alone.

Harare City FC, this week, travels to Madagascar for their second leg CAF league match against the Indian Ocean island’s AS Adema.

Sources said the football club usually travels with 25 officials.

In a petition which was delivered at Town House by the Combined Harare Residents’ Association (CHRA), residents felt that funds which council is spending on the bloated delegation should be used for service delivery.

“We are asking you (mayor Manyenyeni) to issue a directive to the directors and coordinators of Harare City Football to cut their delegation from 43 people to 25 which should account for a 42% reduction in total combined individual costs associated with this trip, before we ask you also to issue out a travel policy and guidelines that satisfy the logic associated with cost saving,” reads part of the petition which was delivered by Simbarashe Moyo the CHRA chairman.

“We demand a consolidated audit of the club’s finances as we are made and bound to believe that this revelation could be a tip of an iceberg; hence Harare City, as a publicly funded institution must be in a position to account to us how they are using rate payers’ money.”

Manyenyeni swiftly responded to the petition.

“While I accept the relevance of your submissions, it is with regret that the team cannot reduce the size of the delegation at this late hour because of the financial commitments already made,” said Manyenyeni.

The city council is under fire from residents who are accusing the local authority of failing to provide basic services despite regularly collecting payment.

Residents at one point resolved to stop paying rates until “we see service delivery improving”. (newzimbabwe.com)

Typhoid Alert in Harare

Harare has been hit by several cases of typhoid, sparking fears of a major outbreak in the city.

City Health Director, Dr Prosper Chonzi this week told the media three cases of the disease had been reported.

The cases, confirmed in the areas of Glen Norah, Hopley and Hatfield, were of concern due to food being prepared in unhygienic conditions in certain parts of the citya n.

Dr Chonzi, however, called for calm among residents, saying that more than 30 cases of typhoid constitute an outbreak and that measures were being taken to curtail a further spread of the disease.

The announcement is the latest of several outbreaks to hit the capital in recent years.

Dr Chonzi urged residents to continue basic hygiene practices such as washing hands before meals and treating water at the point of use.

He also appealed to any citizens experiencing diarrhea to seek medical attention early in order to prevent the spread of the disease.

Typhoid is caused by a bacteria called salamonella typhi. People contract typhoid through drinking water or eating food that is contaminated with salamonella typhi. Flies can contribute to the spread of typhoid.

Common signs and symptoms of typhoid include very high fever ,sweating, general aches and pains, headache, diarrhea, stomach pains (gastroenteritis), poor appetite, rash and weakness.

In order to prevent typhoid, proper sanitation, good hygiene and proper handwash have to be observed. Boiling or chlorinating all drinking water, washing fruits and vegetables thoroughly as well as maintaining a clean environment must be done every time.

Civil society tackles water policies

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and residents groups met in Harare Tuesday and agreed to jointly tackle governance issues related to water provision.

The Water Campaign Strategy workshop, organized by Community Water Alliance, agreed to roll out a water juggernaut addressing issues of law, policy, regulations framework, institutional framework, public participation, environment, climate change and wetlands preservation.

The workshop was attended by Harare Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni, representatives from the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate, Conservation Society for Monavale, Combined Harare Residents Association, Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association, Harare Residents Trust and other groupings.

Meanwhile, Community Water Alliance is in the process of finalizing a Water Campaign Strategy Paper aimed at instituting a coordinated CSO awareness, advocacy and lobby initiative on water, sanitation and hygiene.

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