Council must clean up its mess

HARARE - Recent flooding that affected some parts of Mbare is worrying.

This is especially so because it largely is a result of bungling on the part of authorities, in this case the Harare City Council.

It has since emerged that flooding started ever since the construction of the Gulf Sunshine Bazaar along Simon Mazorodze Road commenced in 2013.

As a result, Mbare residents — who live along Mbirimi, Mwamuka and Chinamhora streets of Harare’s oldest suburb — had property worth thousands of dollars destroyed owing to the floods during the Christmas holidays.

The Bazaar was meant to house informal traders, many of whom are operating from the streets.

The influx of vendors in Zimbabwe’s major cities and towns had become an eyesore.

We suspect the construction of the shopping mall was a political decision meant to placate increasingly hostile vendors who were routinely losing their wares during raids by the municipal police.

Very little planning, if any, took place before the construction of the bazaar. With council already admitting that the construction blocked and clogged drainage pipes around the area, it only goes to show how certain actions end up affecting ordinary citizens.

Perhaps what is more worrying is the fact that the net losers are poor people.

Elsewhere in this edition, we carry a story in which Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere is calling for the demolition of the whole building.

On the other hand, council is advocating for the re-excavation of the drain as a way out. The residents have already lost a lot and their mooted legal action over damage to their property is justified.

In future, hasty decisions that end up costing ordinary people must never be allowed to happen again.

Zimbabweans have suffered enough from the problems that bedevil the country.

The economic problems ordinary Zimbabweans have to endure are not of their own making, but sadly, they are the hardest-hit.

Hundreds of companies have closed shop, throwing thousands of people onto the streets, while tertiary institutions continue to churn out tens of thousands annually to join the unemployed multitudes, the bulk of whom have turned to vending to eke out a living.

The country’s health delivery system has virtually collapsed with top hospitals failing to carry out the most basic of medical procedures because of inadequate basic drugs.

Meanwhile, the ruling Zanu PF is involved in unending factional fights, despite the presence of bigger problems that are there for all to see.

The City of Harare must plan properly if it has to erect any building.

Opting to satisfy political appetites at the expense of serving the people is not acceptable. 

Comments (1)

Harare Citizens!!!! I have a question for?Why is our Mayor still in office?I dont understand how is he still in office when garbage everywhere in the city to most of residential areas.Mayor Manyenyeni pliz tell us why are you not solving the garbage problem which is causing typhoid.What are you doing when you see all this in newspapers daily.This has nothing to do with politics,garbage collection???Please itai basa renyu or else kana zvakuremerai ibvai henyu pachigaro.

SAD HARARE RESIDENT - 7 January 2017

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