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Harare Commission Chairwoman Finally Appears Before Parliamentary Committee

The controversial chairwoman of the state-appointed Harare Commission that runs the capital, threatened with charges of contempt of parliament, appeared Monday before the house transport and communications committee, panel sources said.

Sekesai Mwakavarara sent four subordinates to testify last week, leading committee members to issue a warning she could be held in contempt. She was to face questions on issues ranging from traffic lights to the bus terminus in Harare's Mbare district.

Panel member Murisi Zwizwai, who represents Harare Central for the Movement for Ddemocratic Change faction of Morgan Tsvangirai, told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that Makwavarara didn’t provide the information the committee wanted. But he said her appearance was a step in the right direction.

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