Harare council recruits more youth militia

IN a move that clearly exposes political patronage, the commission running the affairs of Harare has ordered the city’s human resources department to deploy 129 national youth service graduates to various council departments.

Council minutes dated March 13 show that

the commission’s executive committee resolved that council should recruit the militia for vacant positions in council service.

It was resolved that “the acting human resources director consider national youth service graduates who do not meet the recruitment criteria for the vacant positions in the Harare municipal police division for other vacant positions in council service”.

Sources at Town House said the militia were initially engaged by council soon after the dismissal of MDC executive mayor Elias Mudzuri to deal with vendors and street-kids but could not be formally employed as municipal policemen since they failed to meet recruitment criteria.

“The committee approves the redeployment of 129 graduates to vacant positions of general labourer in various council departments,” the minutes said.

Following the engagement of the militia in the municipal police, residents have complained of the brutality of council workers. Recently there have been reports of municipal police in the traffic unit terrorising motorists in the city centre.

The latest incident involved a businessman who was beaten for changing a flat tyre in a designated parking area the city centre. — Staff Writer.

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