THE bid to oust Harare Commission chairperson Sekesai Makwavarara turned confrontational this week with residents’ representatives resorting to st
reet protests demanding her removal.
The residents’ protests complement Zanu PF Harare province’s vote of no confidence in Makwavarara two weeks ago.
The Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) organised a demonstration on Wednesday demanding an immediate reversal of the re-appointment of the Makwavarara-led commission, an improvement in service delivery and the holding of mayoral elections in Harare. But the protestors were attacked and arrested by police.
“About 300 members of CHRA from the ward leadership gathered in the city centre along Chinhoyi Street and peacefully marched towards Town House,” CHRA spokesman, Precious Shumba, said yesterday.
“They had placards with messages demanding improvement in service provision, return of water supply and the immediate reversal of the re-appointment of the illegal commission running the affairs of Harare,” Shumba said. They also demanded the holding of mayoral and council elections.
Shumba said before they could proceed to Town House, armed riot police intercepted them and started beating the demonstrators, injuring three and arresting 19 people, among them two journalists.
“Among the arrested was the acting CHRA chairman Israel Mabhoo, who was leading the parade, and journalists Ndamu Sandu and Godwin Mangudya.”
Sandu is a reporter with The Standard while Mangudya was with the banned Daily News. They were released yesterday after paying admission of guilt fines.