Harare residents march in support of Mayor

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By Tichaona Sibanda
SW Radio Africa
7 February 2014

A Harare pressure group on Friday led residents in a march to Town House, in a show of support for Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni’s fight cleanse the city council of corruption.

Samuel Mangoma, the acting director of Restoration of Human Rights (ROHR), said reports of gross financial irregularities at town house must be investigated without fear or favour, amid indications Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo is against any probe.

The Mayor of Harare last week suspended the town clerk, Tendai Mahachi, for failing to comply with a directive to furnish council with the salary schedules of all senior council employees.

Less than 48 hours later Chombo, a friend and alleged business partner of Mahachi, directed that he be reinstated before any investigations can be conducted against him, in the process rescinding the Manyenyeni’s decision to suspend him. This move has angered residents who have vowed to fight Chombo tooth and nail to ensure he keeps his hands off council affairs.

Mangoma told SW Radio Africa that corruption at town house has deprived residents of basic services and that their march against corruption was the beginning of big things to come.

‘We went to Town House to show our moral support to the mayor in his gallant fight to rid the council of the rot. The mayor acted within the confines of the constitution to suspend Mahachi and we all knew Chombo would move to protect him.

‘But this time we want to be loud and clear that Chombo must be stopped. He’s a sinner and today’s (Friday)’s event was just the beginning of a long battle ahead to show him he cannot win against millions of Harare residents,’ Mangoma added.

A High Court judge meanwhile has thrown out an application filed by a Harare resident that sought to stop Mahachi from reporting for duty.

Bellinda Chinowawa of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, who filed the application on behalf of resident and ratepayer Tawanda Zhuwarara, said the judge threw out the application because Manyenyeni had already complied with Chombo’s order to reinstate Mahachi.

Despite the setback, other residents are making a statement on the Mahachi saga, like 42 year-old Philosophy Nyapfumbi who has gone on a hunger strike in protest over the reinstatement of the town clerk. The Herald reported that Nyapfumbi vowed he would starve himself until the town clerk was suspended again.

‘I am acting on behalf of all city residents who want Mahachi to remain suspended. I am not saying the Town Clerk is corrupt, but for the city to improve its service delivery which has deteriorated over the years he has to pave way for investigations to be made.

‘I will stay here at Town House and I will only leave when the town clerk is no longer coming to work. Council is failing in waste management, maintaining potholes and even traffic lights while they are paying each other hefty salaries. This has to stop and I am saying no to this,’ Nyapfumbi told the Herald.

23 Responsesto “Harare residents march in support of Mayor”

  1. Chimbwido Warvet says:

    Victimisation of the Harare town clerk for political gain by the MDC-T should not be allowed under any circumstances. This is a highly professional job that should not be awarded on partisan lines but on who is good for the job. Let sanity prevail and investigations carried out in a peaceful atmosphere to determine if there are irregularities by the town clerk. If he is found to have crossed the red line, the town clerk should not have the protection of Minister Chombo. A man is not found guilty before his case is looked into and a determination is made. That explains why the town clerk is still going to work at the Council Offices.


      You know very well in Zimbabwe’s blighted politico-juridical system under the deranged despot Mugabe and his Zanu PF thugs, state organs are the private tools of those in power, who use them with impunity to punish their opponents and reward their minions.

      You also know very well Mugabe’s judiciary, police force, immigration department, revenue authorities, CIO and anti-corruption bodies routinely trump up charges against people their political masters consider politically undesirable while looking at flagrant acts of Zanu PF corruption with eyes wide shut.

      Zimbabwe under Zanu PF is a corrupt, autocratic kleptocracy centred on the leadership of Mugabe, in which service chiefs, officials, oligarchs and organised crime are bound together in a “virtual mafia state”,. Mugabe effectively relies on criminals and rewards them with political patronage, while top officials shamelessly collect bribes like a personal taxation system.

      Arms trafficking, money laundering, personal enrichment, protection for gangsters, extortion and kickbacks, suitcases full of diamonds and money, and secret offshore bank accounts paint a bleak picture of a political system in which bribery alone totals an estimated $3bn a year, and in which it is often hard to distinguish between the activities of the ‘government’ and organised crime.

      I once knew a Zimbabwean businessman who said to me: “At home, I don’t pay taxes: I pay bribes.” Was he complaining or was he boasting? I still don’t know: he said it to me in such a matter-of-fact way. It was the system which he was used to, and, on the material wealth evidence at hand, seemed to have produced for him, at least, very satisfactory results.

      Corruption in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe is certainly not only about stealing state funds, it is also about putting very bad people in prime positions. People who have neither the passion, sincerity, integrity or the qualifications and skills to do the job. This form of corruption will continue to cripple Zimbabwe’s development. Sadly, the government today is full of criminals and tribal friends, few if any with the qualifications for the post other than being Zanu PF members.

      Entirely predictably, the price of this type of nepotism has and will always lead to the complete failure of a country to develop – which sums up perfectly 34 years of Zanu PF mis-governance.

      • Chimbwido Warvet says:

        The rambling by this fool is typical of rhodies whose behaviour has resembled that of wounded animals ever since year 2000 when their so-called farms they had stolen from the indigenous people of Zimbabwe were repossessed by their rightful owners. The majority of rhodies whose stolen farms have been repossessed by their rightful owners have a bone to chew with the Mugabe’s government. They still harbour the view they have the divine right to the land and should get it back at any cost irrespective of the fact that it was stolen land.

        All rhodies should realise that the farms they previously owned and controlled were not occupied legally and as such can never be given back to the white farmers who occupied the farms illegally. Although they are aware they stole the land, they all still dream about going back to occupy their so-called farms in the event Tsvangirai becomes the president of Zimbabwe. To make their dream come true, Robert Mugabe they consider as the stumbling block, should be forced to relinquish political power to pave way for a leader that will allow them to occupy the farms again. Well, that is just a dream that can never come to fruition no matter the demonisation of the Mugabe’s administration that is being regurgitated by this idiot working for the pirate radio station in London.

        • THE BLACK ARISTOCRAT says:

          Lol !!!! If Zimbabwe is so great it begs the question, what are you doing living in the UK on welfare benefits ?

          And why are you not declaring to the UK tax authorities your payments from Mugabe’s CIO for singing their praises?

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            I am responding to the nonsense you have attributed to the Mugabe government. I have birthright ties with the people of this country and as a matter of principle I cannot just fold my hands hopelessly while you attack my people. The way you attack the Mugabe government is criminal and is unacceptable to any right thinking person who has ties with this country. And there is no law against airing my views on what I consider as unjustified attack on my people. Besides, I do not have to agree with your crap in order to live here. You do not own this country, mate. And by the way, I am a British citizen who has constitutional rights and obligations to this country just as any other British national. You do not have the right to attack any African country and expect those with ties to countries you unjustly attack to remain silent. Are you a dictator and where do you get that power. Behave yourself and be human.
            Stop this hopeless propaganda and I will have nothing to do with you. Ok?

          • Larry King says:

            The only birthrights you ever had was the umbilical cord you shared with the woman who bore you. And what an awful mistake she made. Regrettably she produced a Zanu PF moron who talks a lot of sh@t day in and day out. Mugabe like you moron always claim that 13 million Zimbabweans are “my people” when it suits you and the aging f#cked up dictator. For the record what has he done for “his people” Zero in 33 years. Instead Ian Smith did much more for black people whom he also referred to as “my people”

            How stupid can you be well to say we have no right to express ourselves when we justifiably attack those that engage in criminal activities. Your threatening behavior is expected after all it comes from a Zanu PF butt licker and a CIO agent. Oh you are revealing something new, that not only are you a CIO agent who is a British citizen and who claims to be very Zimbabwean is spying on Zimbabweans in the diaspora. And you have two constitutional heads on whom you owe allegiance the Queen of England and Robert Mugabe the despot of Zimbabwe. Oh man are you not fu#king stupid.

            And guess what who is doing the propaganda? Come on moron what makes you believe you are God’s gift to mankind to do as you please and then deny a fellow Zimbabwean the same rights. Your are a traitor in the eyes of Zimbabweans for making threats and to spy on them. We now know who the f#ck you are, a Mugabe lover, a CIO agent planted in the UK, a Zimbabwean citizen who is tasked to spy on Zimbabweans and a MORON

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            I guess if you hold those stupid views, you should make an urgent report to the authorities for my instant arrest and prosecution. You can also consider the possibility of a citizen’s arrest, in which case you can arrest me and take me to the police station. But you should have very good grounds in doing so, because you can be taken to the cleaners and live to regret for the rest of your life, you monkey.

          • Larry King says:

            Why would I want to arrest you? In the UK which seems to be your base for CIO activities against Zimbabwean nationals you are entitled to live where you please and to free speech. The British provides you with that protection. As for Zimbabwe which you vehemently claim is your personal property you have with your CIO and Zanu PF butt licking credentials the privilege to abuse and trample on Zimbabweans rights to free speech and human rights,

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            As a diehard Rhodie, you have to deal with that. I do not have the answer for the properties you claim were yours which have now been repossessed by their rightful owners. That can not be my problem, but yours buddy. I don’t own a farm or any property in Zimbabwe and I am not bothered. It is you who is and I do not care mate.

          • Larry King says:

            Each time you open your big mouth moron you spew garbage and lies. But then this is what spies are, one big joke. Oh so you do not own any property(s) in Zimbabwe, sounds plausible since all your assets are in the safe haven of the UK, where your comrades cannot touch them. But then you have the damn cheek to tell us that Zimbabwe belongs to you, Mugabe and company, when in fact you are a citizen of England. What an idiot you are, you and I were Rhodies before 1980 is that not a fact.

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            Oh no no no my gosh Aah, what an extremely bitter and disgruntled Rhodie!!!!! Ever angry and too serious about politics, spies in your newly found country that you cannot prove, properties that have been repossessed by their rightful owners which Chimbwido Warvet can do nothing to resolve, Mugabe is a thief, dictator, Smith was far better at least he provided food to the black people who are now starving, oh the country should not have gone to this black government, the whites should have remained the rulers of his country because they know better, I am now a simple man living in the UK all because of Mugabe, oh no he should go and let Tsvangirai take over, Chimbwido Warvet is a thief, he is on benefits, oh no he is now British and why should he be, it should be us rhodies who should be citizens of the UK, not Chimbwido, he is a liar and spy for ZANU PF and Mugabe, oh no he should be arrested for speaking his mind, he should be gagged because he is in the UK and can not talk ill of the Rhodies. I can go on and on but I now want to go to bed and rest. Oh my Rhodie friend, you need to let go and live at peace to yourself. Life is too short. Whatever happened is not the end of the world. You have a brighter future in this country if you work towards this goal and not crying over spilt milk everyday of your life.

          • Larry King says:

            Our conversation on this topic has got to the stage where you have run out of your stupid conspiracy theories and you have reached the stage of talking to yourself like a typical mad man. I have had my say about your shady character and I am not alone who has vilified you on this website. You are like a porn-star selling your political vice.

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            You did not go to bed when everyone else was in deep sleep. Three hours ago, you were still writing with bitterness and disgruntlement. You can not get enough of Chimbwido Warvet whom you want to thresh to pieces and shreds.
            Well, Chimbwido Warvet told you that he has constitutional rights and obligations. If you feel heis a bad element, a spy or a mole within the British society, you have an obligation to report him to the authorities for his immediate arrest and prosecution for crimes committed. I have given you this opportunity today and if you can not do it and continue to accuse me for things I do not do in this country, then it will have my constitutional right to take you to the cleaners. This is not a threat because we all have an obligation to observe the laws of this country. Don’t say I never warned you.

          • THE BLACK ARISTCRAT says:

            British citizens on benefits who spy on other nations nationals and get paid by the ‘intelligence services’ (and i use that phrase in its loosest possible sense with regard to the Mafia State known as Zimbabwe), for that information, are committing a number of very serious criminal offences, for which long custodial sentences are the norm for those found guilty.


      I rarely agree with everything Wilbert Muroyi says, but he always without fail says what he thinks with genuine authority and intellect, offers heartfelt opinion, bows to nobody and makes no attempt to appease his readers.

      Reading the sanctimonious, holier than thou, fork-tongued amateurish propaganda of yours, is like listening to a badly programmed robot desperately searching its memory for the official Zanu PF line on any given issue. It is excruciatingly tedious in the extreme – has there ever been someone so deluded ?

      Do not forget, these vacuous idiots you so admire were collectively duped by a women into believing refined diesel flows out of rocks !

      Wilbert’s problem is that he does not tolerate fools like you and the Zanu PF leadership gladly, and I am afraid, I have a lot of sympathy with that. He, like any educated person simply has no patience with amateur Zanu PF mouthpieces like yours crudely and deliberately trying to misinform.

      Considering the eye-watering stupidity (something you have elevated to an art form), marxist dogma and inane ranting readers have had to endure from you over the years, I am impressed by their restraint.

      Although Wilbert’s not always right, it’s easy to empathise with his frustration. He’s clearly a very smart guy who has a good handle on the problems Zimbabwe is facing, and finds it hard to be patient with all the empty Zanu PF platitudes and lies, vacuous politicians parroting idiotic party-lines, and ill-informed sycophants like you writing about things about which they know very little.

      • Chimbwido Warvet says:

        Well, what be said of Wilbert when you are one and the same person. Who is fooling and cheating who here? You see, birds of the same feather flock together. You do not see doves flying together with eagles. Sparrows don’t fly together with crows. Monkeys don’t mate with baboons. A pack of lions does not wander about in the jungle with elands or kudus. If this happens, either an eland or kudu is devoured or eaten by the lions. Likewise, leopards don’t mix with lions because is is suspicious of the other.
        As you work for the pirate radio station in London, your employer expects you to speak with one voice. And your singular mission at that pirate radio station, which incidentally is the brainchild of rhodies in the diaspora, is to demonise the Mugabe government and the people of this country. You are not allowed to say anything that that demonises the UK although not all is glorious and beautiful in this country. You talk ill of a country that is thousands of miles away from you but sanitise the UK as if it is heaven where we are told in the in the Gospel of Saint Matthew that there is honey and milk and everything we see is great and wonderful. There is no such country on Mother Earth.
        Let it be known to you that both Zimbabwe and the UK have their own peculiar political and economic problems. Corruption is in every country of the world, that much is true and known by you and everybody else. It is the responsibility of those countries to resolve their political and economic problems without the involvement of foreigners like you. And in terms of norms and values of international law, it is illegal for any country to allow a pirate radio station to beam subversive broadcasts to another an independent and sovereign state. This can only happen what countries are at war but Zimbabwe is not at war with its former colonial power.

        • THE BLACK ARISTOCRAT says:

          You have become so blind and deluded, your paranoia knows no bounds!

          Show anyone with a basic understanding of English Language our comments, and they would know immediately we could not possibly be the same person !

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            Son, that is not necessary. It is you who is deficient in your national language. The English saying ‘birds of the same feather flock together’ I have used clearly denotes the plurality of birds/people. This is figurative or metaphorical or departing from a literal meaning of words. In other words, you are two individuals who feed and drink from the same trough, whose philosophy is the same, who talk the same language and who work for the same employer whose objective is to suffocate and bring down by all means possible, the Mugabe administration. Do you get it?

        • Yepec says:

          Fake, Chimbwido Warvet, which International Law are you talking about? Again, do not lie. You seem to convince yourself that you can write anything and readers will believe you but they are well aware that you are a spy and a pathological liar.

          In your comments on this Article alone, you have openly admitted that you are a British citizen residing in London, spying for Mugabe’s CIO and that you are on living on welfare and at the sametime being paid for spying.

          However, the big question that you badly need to answer, is that why is it necessary for you to tell lies on the Zimbabwean situation? What is that you are hiding and you do not want the readers to know about it or you? Obviously, it is going to come out one way or another.

  2. John says:

    The moment vanaMangoma become the ones showing solidarity, then there is evidence of trying to highjack a good cause. The case seizes to be a citizens’ demo but it carries political connotations. Mangoma siyayi vana vaite demonstration vega without highjacking it as your polictical decision.

    • Yepec says:

      Which Mangoma are you referring to in your comment? This Mangoma’s first name, is Samuel, the acting Director of the Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe.

      Financial irregularities affect the delivery of services to Harare’s residents. The unashamedly entry of Ignatius Chombo in this fiasco on the side of Tendai Mahachi, the Town Clerk, his friend and business partner, spells disaster to the capital’s residents – the protection of a fellow looter.

      Chombo is implementing Mugabe and Zanu PF’s most important rule, spreading the Party’s protective wings of impunity. Attached to it, is the equal important goal of spreading corruption to all levels of the Ziimbabwean society.

      • John says:

        Ok. The reporter should learn to provide more clues especial where there exist many people with the same name and different interests so that confusion is avoided.There was no mention of the title Director of …….. after the name Mangoma. Am sure we all do not condone corruption except those that benefit from it, neither do I support Dr Chombo”s interferences.

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