Harare council laxed: Kasukuwere

HARARE - The chaotic state of Harare — particularly in the central business district (CBD) — is due to a slipshod city council Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere, said.

He said pirate taxis —popularly known as mushikashika — had taken over the streets of the capital’s CBD while Harare City Council (HCC) turned a blind eye.

“There is madness in town because of these pirate commuters. HCC should be tough and not allow chaos to take over Harare,” he said.

“You have traffic control teams, what are they doing?” Kasukuwere questioned, adding that “we cannot allow our city to become something that we cannot recognise. Kombis are illegally parking and turning in front of oncoming traffic”.

The minister said the HCC must leave no stone unturned in its moves to bring sanity to Harare.

Recently, the HCC started a blitz against illegal pirate taxis after a new traffic by-law was passed. Among some of the law’s provisions is the green light to impound vehicles and arrest drivers and passengers of pirate vehicles.

Kasukuwere added that the mushrooming of illegal settlements was also cause for concern, as it was affecting service delivery in Harare.

He also warned that HCC employees must work within normal working hours instead of during weekends and public holidays that facilitates claiming of overtime.

“Overtime is a major cost driver, not only in Harare but other municipalities. There is also the issue of out-of-pocket allowances, which employees demand. We cannot have this kind of behaviour,” he said.

“That money should be channelled towards service delivery,” he said.

The minister said if people cannot do their work diligently, then the city should find competent employees to replace them.

Kasukuwere said the drilling of boreholes in cities and towns should not be celebrated as an achievement because water should be accessed at taps in homes.

“If I drilled boreholes in a rural constituency then people would have a cause to celebrate because that is where it is supposed to happen not in urban set-ups,” he said, adding that “can we say we have made progress by drilling a borehole in Borrowdale or Budiriro?”

Comments (2)

Wava kuzozviona nhasi??

Savior - 17 October 2016

iwe savior ndiwe unokonzera confusion nekungopindira pese pese kwaunoita. instead of being a good leader u are being a confusion strategist. hapan zvauri mbavha yemunhu

munyimi - 17 October 2016

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