Harare and Chitungwiza residents associations have taken Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister July Moyo to court over his decision to appoint caretaker commissions to run councils on a temporary basis until new councils are sworn in.
City of Harare acting town clerk Engineer Hosiah Chisango is cited as the second respondent, while Chitungwiza town clerk Dr George Makunde is the third respondent. Chairpersons of commissions running Chitungwiza and Harare are also cited as respondents.
In the founding affidavit, Community Water Alliance national chairperson Hildarberta Rwambiwa is supported by the Combined Harare Residents Association (second applicant), Chitungwiza and Manyame Residents Association (third applicant). They argue that the appointment of commissioners is a violation of Section 277 (3) of the Constitution which stipulates that councillors should be sworn in by the 9th day after being elected. The associations state that they sought legal relief after the acting town clerk for City of Harare did not respond to their letter seeking an explanation as to why elected councillors were not being sworn in.