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Residents confident in newly-appointed HCC Commission of Inquiry

Story by Tarirai Madhuyu

RESIDENTS of Harare have expressed confidence in the newly-appointed Commission of Inquiry, saying they are expecting it to deal with the rot at Town House.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed a Commission of Inquiry to look into governance issues at the Harare City Council, which has been accused of financial mismanagement and corruption.

The move has been welcomed by residents who have been on the receiving end of poor service delivery.

“We greatly welcome the swift reaction by the government. We have long been waiting for this move and now we can have these stories debated on. As residents, we hope that the issue of corruption in the city council will be dealt with,” said the chairperson of the Zimbabwe National Organisations of Associations Residents Trust, Mr Shalvar Chikomba.

“The income and expenditure report, as well as the conducting of seminars as well as the use of devolution funds, are some of the major areas that we think the commission will act upon. This action taken by the government is welcome to us as residents,” said the chairperson for the Harare Residents Association, Mr Precious Shumba.

Legal expert Advocate James Makiya gave an insight into the mandate of the Commission and its anticipated effectives in addressing the rot at Town House.

“The President has the right to appoint a commission of inquiry on an issue that puts the welfare of people at risk. This newly-appointed commission of inquiry will look to issues that include corruption in the city council, illegal parceling of land as well as poor service delivery. Above all, there has been anomalies in the city council, hence, this establishment of the Commission,” he said.

The Commission of Inquiry Act gives the President power to appoint a Commission of Inquiry when he considers it advisable and of public interest.

The Commission of Inquiry into the operations of the Harare City Council is expected to conclude its mandate within six months with the option of a three-month extension.

The period of inquiry stretches back to 2017, with the findings being submitted to the President.

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