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    Chivhu Council refuses to work with new residents’ association, forms own



    ELLEN MLAMBO
    CHIVHU BUREAU

    CHIVHU –
    Management at Chivhu Town Board in Chikomba has expressed its unwillingness to work with a newly formed residents association, the first ever in the town and instead formed a splinter mainly comprising of prominent Zanu PF figures.
    Members of management who are supposed to stay out of residents organisations openly said out their unwillingness to work with a new association and made scathing personal attacks on executive members of the association.
    There was a storm on Friday last week when Chikomba Residents and Rate Payers' Alliance (CRRPA) came to the boardroom to meet the Town Board for the first time. Instead of getting into the agenda of the meeting, the Alliance members were immediately introduced to members of another association, the Chivhu Residents' Association (CRA) that was hastily put together by council management.
    The introductions were made by the town board chairperson Reginald Kufa Munyathi.
    In a move perceived by many as unprofessional and unethical, Solomon Taruvinga, the head of Social Services at the Council then openly suggested that the two merge and work together. He said unless that happens, council management would only work with Chivhu Residents' Association.
    Taruvinga said Council recognised the new association because it was elected by the people and also represents their interests.
    One of the key members of CRA is Moses Matarutse who is a ZANU PF provincial executive member.
    CRRPA refused the suggestion to join the other association.
    Taruvinga refused to comment when asked about the professionalism of his comments in the meeting. He said he was only contributing as council management during the meeting and said the right person to comment is either the CEO or the council chairman.
    CHRRA Chairperson Collen Zvarevashe said they refused to merge with the new association after realising that council management has formed the association in order to protect personal interests.
    He also said they realised that the formation of the new association was meant to counter their alliance or neutralise it through merging.
    One of CHRRA executive members David Marufu said their association is not there to compete or fight with council or any other association but to spearhead development.
    Marufu said the meeting was successful because their request to introduce themselves to the local authority was met. He said what was said during the meeting were proposals, suggestions and opinions which do not affect their legal existence and operations.
    Matarutse said CRA is the formal association that was elected by the people to represent the people.
    He said the reason why they formed an association is to work hand in hand with the council to enhance service delivery to the residents in Chikomba district.
    "Our association was elected by the people and theirs is just a group of people who organised themselves to form an association," said Matarutse.
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