Now Mugabe says Harare stinks

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s office has expressed alarm at the state of the capital – warning the Harare City Council (HCC) that it risks failing to meet its audacious target of turning the once sunshine city into a world-class status by 2025.

This comes hard on the heels of remarks by Tourism minister Walter Mzembi who on Monday publicly expressed his annoyance at the country’s worsening rot which he said had made Zimbabwe a ‘hard sell’ to international tourists.

Deputy chief secretary in the office of the President and Cabinet Ray Ndlukula on Tuesday warned that HCC’s 2025 vision of a world-class city could be derailed by poor service delivery and damaged roads.

“The city’s 5 000km or so road network has now the majority of it filled with potholes and in some instances the tarmac has been eroded to resemble gravel roads in rural communities.

“Furthermore, some structures were built in the colonial era and now pose as a danger to occupants, as their safety standards have been compromised.

“Heaps and heaps of uncollected rubbish are now a familiar face in some parts of the city especially in high density suburbs, with some residents and small business operators now taking the initiative to burn the litter on their own hence causing another problem to the environment which is pollution,” Ndlukula said while addressing a Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) review meeting, in the capital.

“Dilapidated water and sewer reticulation systems...have also caused problems in the city in the form of burst sewer pipes and sewage thereby posing some health dangers to the population.

“Additionally, the response and reaction time by council employees to calls to redress the challenges also leaves a lot to be desired, hence causing streams of sewerage water to flow across residential areas into city rivers and stream.

“It is therefore government’s hope that the HCC as the pioneer among local authorities of the RRI will be able to address the challenge otherwise the city’s vision of achieving a world- class city status by 2025 would remain a pipe dream,” added Ndlukula .

Ndlukula’s principal, Mugabe who has been in power since 1980 when Zimbabwe gained independence from Britain, has been accused, together with his government, of ruining the country’s once-prosperous economy.

On Monday, Mzembi , while launching the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (IYSTD), slammed the deplorable and decayed state of Harare and the country’s other cities and towns

“Littering is everybody’s business. We have had the experience of visiting other countries and the littering here shames us,” Mzembi said.

“Cleanliness as they say is next to Godliness … I can’t market a dirty environment and we will have a deliberate effort to make sure that there is a clean-up message going on.

“There will be a comprehensive and sustained national clean-up campaign programme in which every citizen of Zimbabwe should proudly partake.

“The aim is to encourage behavioural change at national level on littering and to promote awareness of the importance of cleanliness in the country.

“This will provide a platform for active participation by different communities and corporates to work towards fostering a culture of cleanliness,” he added.

Comments (15)

Oh! Oh! , Now they wake up, after 37 years!! Don't we wish they had slept forever and woken up in hell!!

Jonso - 1 June 2017

kkkkkkk and the hcc is to blame?

uncle Real - 1 June 2017

So the old dictator's eyes have suddenly opened now to see that Harare's roads are infested with potholes?Bob is the chief architect of all the country's miseries whose primary source is the comatose economy.Bob has never taken responsibility for all his malicious actions to the general populace.He blames everyone else except himself.He never errs.

Janana wa Bikaz - 1 June 2017

So the old dictator's eyes have suddenly opened now to see that Harare's roads are infested with potholes?Bob is the chief architect of all the country's miseries whose primary source is the comatose economy.Bob has never taken responsibility for all his malicious actions to the general populace.He blames everyone else except himself.He never errs.

Janana wa Bikaz - 1 June 2017

handei kunomutsa Ian Douglas Smith. anomuka chete

rumbi - 1 June 2017

Vana Muzembi kumanya kunoti ndoda post kuTourism muchibva mundove mabhuku haashandi chenesai musha first kuti muonekere kunze uko

Bona - 1 June 2017

And .... NO doubt ... it is the fault of sanctions!!! Stupid old donkey

Bee - 2 June 2017

Sunshine city... I think you are referring to clean Bulawayo. Slum city would be a better description of Harare

The looting continues - 2 June 2017

Its the "election" stupid! All of a sudden they pretend to notice that there are problems with roads, with tuition, with filthy.. things that they created and now pretend to want to address. Zimbabweans should learn from the lessons of history and not fall for this brazen pre-election gimmick. Stalin once inflicted so much pain a chicken by slowly plucking its feathers and then fed it peanuts till the featherless chicken was folling him around. He remarked that if you want poor people to blindly follow you, inflict a lot of pain and suffering then on opportune moments, remove a little of that pain and they will feel indebted to them.. We should,in the strongest of terms, reject this stupid and dumb gimmick. ZANU-PF and anything or anyone related to it is rotten and filthy, not worthy any of our votes or sympathies.

gudo - 2 June 2017

Who caused the rot someone must have caused it can not just come on its on never . ZANU caused the rot and with their rot they must fall next year failure to do that stink and rot will come into our months and we do not want that zanu must fall .

Diibulaanyika - 2 June 2017

The dirtiest road in Harare is the one formerly called Manica Road. Its name should be changed to Market Street. Mzembi, some of us have also had the experience of living in countries where failed politicians simply resign instead of talking loud but saying nothing.

Sagitarr - 2 June 2017

So sad what has become of our beloved country everyone knows who is to blame for this mess

Jamal Jogee - 3 June 2017

So collecting garbage and cleaning the streets is worth investing in! Make the environment one that fits the hospitality of the zimbabweans, and the beauty of the country

Mr Ruwa - 5 June 2017

WHEN A FEW MILLION KICK THE BUCKET ONLY THAN THEY WILL WAKE UP IT JUST HAS TO HAPPEN.

JACK - 5 June 2017

That is why we do not vote for these lying thieves but they have a way to 'win' elections. Who in their right minds can advocate for a continued Zanu PF rule? NOBODY!

Yeoman Thomas - 6 June 2017

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