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Crisis Looms Over Withheld Harare Audit Reports

A showdown is looming between the Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) and City of Harare after residents resolved to give the municipality 30 days to release its financial reports or face legal action.

CHRA said on Monday the council which has a public duty to release its audited statements has consistently refused to produce the reports since 2009.

Harare residents complain that service delivery is poor in a city currently facing severe water shortages although the council gets at least 40 percent of its total revenues from water bills.

City officials were not immediately available for comment but CHRA director Mfundo Mlilo told VOA Studio 7 ratepayers want to sift through the audited financial statements in order to ensure that the local authority is not abusing public funds.

“These figures will allow us to do an independent budget performance evaluation,” said Mlilo.

He said the fact that they have failed to release their audited statements since 2009 is an indication that the city council is riddled with corruption.

“The City of Harare has collected $64 million since the beginning of this year and it says $34 million has been spent on administration. We want to know exactly what administrative components this has been spent on and why service delivery is collapsing,” Mlilo said.
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