PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE THE MINISTER HANDS-OFF HARARE PETITION

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THE HANDS-OFF HARARE PETITION


WHEREAS
The Constitution devolved power to local authorities to enable their communities to manage their own affairs and make decisions affecting them AND gave them all the power necessary


WE THE UNDERSIGNED RATEPAYERS & RESIDENTS OF HARARE ARE:
DISMAYED by the continued interference by the Ministry of Local Government in the affairs of Harare City Council which in so doing is breaching Section 264(2)(a) of the Constitution.


OUTRAGED MORESO by the Minister’s blatant and unconstitutional attempt to veto the duly elected council’s process of hiring a new town clerk


ANNOYED by the fact that the Ministry is still using sections of the Urban Councils Act which are ultra vires the Constitution and therefore void


DISAPPOINTED that three years later, the Minister of Local Government is yet to bring replacements to the Urban Councils Acts and other Acts which affect local governance to Parliament so as to align the laws with the Constitution

WE THEREFORE PETITION THE MINISTER OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO:
1. Right now allow the ratepayers and residents of Harare to exercise their powers as guaranteed by Section 264 of the Constitution to make, through their legitimately elected Harare City Council, decisions that affect them.
2. Respect the Constitution so that ratepayers and residents can manage Harare’s affairs and further its development by hiring the best candidate for Town Clerk on merit.
3. As a matter of urgency bring to Parliament legislation to replace the Urban Councils’ Act so that local governance is aligned with the New Constitution
4. Instead of undermining local authorities by interfering with their decisions, actually give them policy and financial support such as ensuring they receive the 5% of the national budget that section 301(3) of the Constitution entitles them to.



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