By Nyasha N Mukapiko
Police on Thursday arrested Centre for Community Development in Zimbabwe (CCDZ) Advocacy Officer George Makoni despite City of Harare (CoH) Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni having given the disgruntled residents a green light to air their grievances.
Makoni was later released and ordered to pay $10 fine after police charged him for criminal nuisance.
Residents Forum and CCDZ had stormed Town House in protest demanding immediate answers and expulsion of Acting Town Clerk Josephine Ncube and top management following alleged corruption scandals.
The joint demo failed to commence early as scheduled after riot police early-camped at the Town House waiting to pounce on their easy prey. However the protester managed to bulldoze through the Town House gate where they wanted to seek audience with Mayor Manyenyeni.
CCDZ Advocy Officer Makoni said they were only giving City of Harare the November 31st deadline to have sorted out its messy.
“We are not happy with corruption taking place here at town house, as you have heard the top management are being awarded hefty salaries while their subordinates are not getting nothing we have water challenges, waste is not being collected so on behalf of CCDZ and other organisations we are saying this must come to an end”, Makoni demanded.
Denford Ngadziore who was representing Residents Forum called for the immediate expulsion of Acting TC Josephine Ncube.
“Here at town house we don’t condone corruption, so right now we are saying Josephine Ncube and the entire management must follow Tendai Mahachi”, Ngadziore said.
Ngadziore also revealed that Residents Forum and other organisation had already approached the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) to investigate corruption at town House.
Mayor Manyenyeni promised the residents’ organisation that he was going to look into the petition’s demands and take the necessary action thereafter.
Last week on Friday CoH suspended Acting TC Ncube after an audit report by the Ministry of Local Government revealed council officials continue to earn hefty salaries.
City of Harare also awarded a tender of US$13.8m to an unregistered company for the rehabilitation of Firle Sewer Works which was further presided over by unqualified councillors, an audit report tabled before a special council meeting revealed.