New Zimbabwe (London)

8 February 2014

Zimbabwe: Group Protests Against Harare Town Clerk

A HUMAN rights group protested on the streets of Harare last week demanding the suspension of Harare town clerk, Tendai Mahachi, as a one-man hunger strike against the official continues.

Restoration of Human Rights Zimbabwe took to the street last Thursday to show their anger at a decision by Local Government Minister, Ignatius Chombo to reinstate Mahachi after he was suspended by Harare mayor, Bernard Manyenyeni.

Holding placards inscribed 'Mahachi must go now!' the group demanded that Chombo stop politicking as a time residents in the capital were being subjected to poor service delivery by the council.

"We want Chombo and Mahachi to know that we are not happy with what is happening here. The mayor suspended the Town Clerk using powers vested in him by the law, but Chombo is protecting Mahachi, we will not accept that," Samuel Mangoma the acting director for ROHR Zimbabwe.

"Both of them (Chombo and Mahachi) are corrupt; this is a fight against corruption and as resident we are warning them that we are not going to rest until Mahachi is suspended again to pave way for an investigation."

Manyenyeni suspended Mahachi two weeks ago for refusing to disclose how much he and his directors were earning amid revelations they took home an average of $36,000 each in monthly salaries and allowances while general workers went without pay.

The demonstrators left a petition at Town House registering their anger as well as outlining their demands to council regarding Mahachi's reinstatement status.

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