Harare dirtiest city in southern Africa - Kaseke

HARARE - The City of Harare is the dirtiest capital city in southern Africa and the city fathers are anti-tourism, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive officer Karikoga Kaseke told the Daily News this week.

Kaseke said coupled with the dirt, most roads leading to high density areas from the city centre are potholed to an extent that motorists cannot negotiate their way.

“All sides of roads in Harare have been buried in tall grass and you wonder what kind of a council you have that cannot even cut grass along the roads.”

The ZTA chief executive who was recently awarded the Mega Fest CEO of the Year award had no kind words for the city fathers whom he said have also neglected the newly-commissioned Airport Road in Harare.

“The government constructed us the Airport Road and gave it to us but what do you have now? That road is filling with litter…there is litter everywhere from where it begins to the airport. Some of the street lights are now not working.

“In other countries you find workers cleaning that road every minute, you need to visit other countries to see for yourself how things are.”

He added that the city fathers are always in other countries on business visits but they do not learn anything while there.

“They have been to Singapore which is by far the cleanest but they do not learn. Cities in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Malawi are so clean (that) you are amazed at the glitz. Kigali for instance is the Singapore of Africa.”

Kaseke said Harare was once a model city, hence the name Sunshine City.

“In the 1980s Harare used to be clean until 1985 when standards began to fall and in 2000 we had lost it completely.”

The ZTA chief said the country’s tourism will not bear fruits if Harare and Bulawayo are dirty.

“While we are doing all we can as ZTA to promote Zimbabwe as a touristic destination, the councils are pulling us down. No tourist will come to a dirty city and we become very emotional when we talk about this.”

He said he has inspected the capital city at night and has been disturbed by the litter scattered throughout the central business district.

“Let us not talk about politics because there is no politician who will encourage city fathers to manage such a dirty city. We need to put measures that can control littering.

“I have been in the city centre and the dirt there which is compounded by vendors is quite an eyesore and this will not promote city tourism at all — people are urinating everywhere as a result of our lack of planning as a city.”

Kaseke said there was also something wrong with Zimbabweans as a people as we love throwing litter everywhere.

“I took an assignment after I received complaints that passengers in buses travelling from Harare to South Africa were the major culprits when it came to throwing litter through the windows. I personally took a bus from Harare to South Africa and I witnessed passengers throwing litter all the way until we were in Beitbridge.

“Once we were at the border ready to cross into South Africa people in the bus started reminding each other that litter throwing was not allowed inside South Africa. And true, once we were inside South Africa no one threw litter through the window — it was packed inside the bus.

“I took a different bus back home and it was the same — no litter throwing while in South Africa but once we were in Zimbabwe you could hear people in the bus say, ‘ahh we are now back home we are free to throw litter through the windows’ and so they started throwing it out until we reached Harare.

Is Zimbabwe a litter basket?” Kaseke queried.

Comments (28)

No rule of law. No respect for an illegitimate administration full of a bunch of crooks and looters. No pride in one's country.

Dunlop Munjanja - 14 April 2016

I agree with Mr Kaseke non this one, why do we as a people elect to be law abiding when in other people's jurisdictions and fail to do the same back home? Regarding our City fathers, I do not have any kind words for you either, how much diesel would be required to fuel say ten tractors for use in cutting grass along the roads? Why is it that you always have fuel to play cat and mouse games with Commuter Omnibus Operators yet you fail to monitor pedestrians throwing litter everywhere in town. My view is that our City fathers are self centred, they do not care about us all. City residence Associations must retain all service charges and offer the services which the City fathers are failing to offer as a way of forcing City fathers to take appropriate action. By way of example, who can continue to pay school fees to a school which is not teaching his child when there is an alternative of a private tutor next door?

Simba - 14 April 2016

what do you expect when everyone is now a vendor,provide jobs first the city will be clean

stan - 14 April 2016

what do you expect when everyone is now a vendor,provide jobs first the city will be clean

stan - 14 April 2016

I am glad you mention that things started deteriorating in 1985 and then just got worse in 2000.No sanctions were imposed on the country then!Now the scapegoat for mediocrity is sanctions,sanctions,sanctions.They blame the MDC but truth is as Zimbabweans we have let our country down.The reason is nepotism and corruption

Gamatox Mutasa - 14 April 2016

We may have been denied our basic rights and freedom but as my father always reminds me, under colonial rule everything worked, we were a highly productive nation, never ever did we experience this kind of dirt in the streets, pot holes in the roads, corruption, hyper inflation, a break down in law and order and just so much misery, suffering and a feeling of such hopelessness? In the history books Mugabe will be remembered by most as a leader who totally ruined this nation and someone who brought fear and misery into all the rural homes. He is an evil man.

Kokorodza - 14 April 2016

I would like to say I'm surprised but I'm not.

Galore 123 - 14 April 2016

The solutions to deal with the issue of solid waste exist. Experts who can assist the local authorities to solve the problem exists. I am not sure what is stopping the local authorities from doing what is right to keep our cities clean.

Simon Bere - 14 April 2016

Kunyepa kwake akambokwira bhazi rinhi wacho.Ndege anenge asiya nani,business class futi?

Tourist - 14 April 2016

To hell with the ruling party Zimbabwe was a better country before indepedence after independence it is doomed for total destruction. we are not enjoying our independence at all.

mic - 14 April 2016

To hell with the ruling party Zimbabwe was a better country before indepedence after independence it is doomed for total destruction. we are not enjoying our independence at all.

mic - 14 April 2016

To hell with the ruling party Zimbabwe was a better country before indepedence after independence it is doomed for total destruction. we are not enjoying our independence at all.

mic - 14 April 2016

To hell with the ruling party Zimbabwe was a better country before indepedence after independence it is doomed for total destruction. we are not enjoying our independence at all.

mic - 14 April 2016

To hell with the ruling party Zimbabwe was a better country before indepedence after independence it is doomed for total destruction. we are not enjoying our independence at all.

mic - 14 April 2016

To hell with the ruling party Zimbabwe was a better country before indepedence after independence it is doomed for total destruction. we are not enjoying our independence at all.

mic - 14 April 2016

Cask is very right, Harare City Council is letting us down. Eat a banana whilst walking in the city, you will have to walk several blocks just to find a litter bin. Is this 1 litter bin per sq/km or what? I also think the issue of litter bins in Harare has some politicisation as officials seem not to have replaced them after the food riots and final push days in the late 1990s/early 2000s when rioters were using them as missiles.

Observer - 15 April 2016

Kaseke is very right, Harare City Council is letting us down. Eat a banana whilst walking in the city, you will have to walk several blocks just to find a litter bin. Is this 1 litter bin per sq/km or what? I also think the issue of litter bins in Harare has some politicisation as officials seem not to have replaced them after the food riots and final push days in the late 1990s/early 2000s when rioters were using them as missiles.

Observer - 15 April 2016

Mic, we might say to hell with the ruling party and we are largely right. The MDC has had control of the city for nearly 2 decades now asi what have they done? Zanu needs to go, granted asi MDC needs to get their act together. Like someone said kumusoro uko, they have money to get fuel to play cat and mouse with combis and vendors yet they can't find money to put cleaners on those roads.

Alan - 15 April 2016

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