Harare Pays the Price as Council Fails to Meet

Harare City Council has failed to convene Full Council Meeting for the third time after Councilors failed to constitute a quorum, a move that will further cripple service provision.

According to the Urban Council Act 29:15(85)(1), “one third of the total membership of a council , together with one other Councilor shall form a quorum.”

Out of 23 Councilors only six of them were available for the meeting which was convened virtually via Zoom platform.

Full Council Meetings are responsible for making resolutions that will be implemented by the technocrats and failure to hold these meetings have a bearing on social service delivery.

Harare had 46 Councilors , however 23 of them were recalled by the MDC-T due to the bruising political fights between MDC-T and MDC Alliance

On the other hand the failure by the Ministry of Local Government to resolve the suspension of Jacob Mafume the Mayor of Harare has seen him resurfacing at Town House with the Acting Mayor Stewart Musarurwa Mutizwa still in office.

CHRA calls on the remaining Harare City Councilors to take Council business seriously by attending Full Council Meetings as this has implications on social service delivery and serious political costs ahead of 2023 elections.

The residents’ movement further called on the Ministry of Local Government to follow the law and resolve the suspension of Jacob Mafume in terms of the Local Government Amendment Laws Act of 2016.

Source: Combined Harare Residents Association

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