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THE Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) has distanced itself from a statement by one of its officials that it will work with the MDC-T in staging protests against President Robert Mugabe’s government.

CHRA chairman, Simbarashe Moyo, told a private daily last Monday that they would join the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC-T in its national jobs campaign.

Moyo spoke a day after Tsvangirai told a rally in Masvingo last the weekend that his party would lead massive demonstrations to force the ruling Zanu PF party to deliver on its election job creation promise.

But in an interview with NewZimbabwe.com on Wednesday, CHRA director, Mfundo Mlilo, made a U-turn on the statement insisting the group was non-partisan.

“Our position as an organisation is that CHRA is strictly non-partisan and will partner with neither the MDC-T nor any political party for their partisan activities,” Mlilo said.

“CHRA has its own planned peaceful forms of engagements that it launched in June 2014 which have nothing to do with the MDC-T.

“Our constitution and operating procedures strictly bar any association of CHRA with partisan activities.”

A senior official with CHRA who requested anonymity told NewZimbabwe.com that politicians were keen to take aantage of the organisation’s large constituency to push their own agendas.

“We are talking of over 25 000 people who are our members in Harare alone and this is a huge number which politicians feel if they get [access to] would give them political mileage, and this is what we believe is motivating political parties to want to partner with us,” he said.

Mlilo, who doubles up as the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition spokesperson told NewZimbabwe.com in July that they were going to mobilise Zimbabweans to stage protests against the government so that it delivers on its election promises.

“We are finalising our preparations of mobilising all like-minded organisations like the Combined Harare Residents Association, Bulawayo Progressive Association and several community-based organisations and stage campaigns like the Save Zimbabwe Campaign that we used to stage in yester-years,” he said then.

Source : New Zimbabwe