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Harare Residents Association Knocks Supplementary Budget

A spokesman for the Combined Harare Residents Association said Friday that the group opposes the Z$1.144 trillion (US$6 million) supplementary budget for 2007 proposed by the Harare City Commission, whose legitimacy the association also challenges.

Association members resolved at a public meeting Thursday night to keep withholding rates to back their demand for elections to replace the appointed commission. The central government is expected to extend its term, which ended June 9.

CHRA Spokesman Precious Shumba told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the boycott of rates for water and other services will have an impact because such rates are the commission's main source of revenues.

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