Business temporarily came to a standstill this Thursday at Town House as angry residents demonstrated against Harare Mayor Muchadeyi Masunda over the slashing of maize in Kuwadzana, Glen Norah and Highfield which occurred a few days ago.
Amid calls for compensation by the angry residents, there was pandemonium at Town House when people from Kuwadzana, Highfield and Glen Norah converged.
The residents demanded compensation from Mayor Masunda whom they accused of not being sensitive to the needs of the people.
â€œMayor Masunda doesnâ€™t care about us, thatâ€™s why he ordered the slashing of our crops. He should compensate us because our livelihood depends on those crops which his workers destroyed,â€ said one resident from Glen Norah.
In the midst of the demonstrations against maize slashing by the local authority, some of the residents accused the City Council of failing to prioritize issues saying there are many outstanding issues that need to be addressed other than destroying their maize fields at a time when government is supporting peri-urban agriculture.
â€œGovernment right now is focusing on urban agriculture, yet council seems to be against this programme. Mr Masunda and his colleagues have failed on service delivery but they somewhat find energy to destroy our maize fields,â€ added another resident from Highfield.
However, neither the Mayor nor the council employees could be found to address the angry residents as Town House appeared deserted.
The MDC-T dominated council has been accused of being insensitive to peopleâ€™s needs.
After the Presidential Inputs Scheme that saw urban households receiving seed and fertiliser, observers say the move to slash the flourishing maize crop by the local authority smacks of a hidden political agenda.