Harare residents are up in arms with Local Government minister July Moyo whom they accuse of interfering with operations of Harare City Council.
The residents have since filed a court application through their lawyers Maunga Maanda and Associates to have one of Moyo’s directives nullified. The application reads in part:
The interference in the work of the second respondent (HCC) by the first respondent through unlawful directives means that as the residents of the area within the second respondent, we cannot have our views heard or our input implemented by the second respondent who will always be told what to do by the first respondent.
We have therefore decided to step in so that the second respondent is freed from such interference.
The High Court application was filed by residents under the Harare Metropolitan and Residents Forum, which comprises Greater Harare Ratepayers, Residents and Tenants Association Trust, the Water Alliance Trust from Chitungwiza and Manyame Rural Residents Association Trust.
The residents want the courts to nullify Moyo’s directive to Harare City Council to, among other things, dissolve Harare Quarry, City Parking and other institutions run by the local authority that are thought to be a drain on its finances.