Public drinking out of control

Editor — I have watched with dismay over the years how city by-laws in Harare are being rubbished.  At most shopping centres apart from Sam Levy’s in Borrowdale it seems, public drinking and urinating seem to now be the order of the day.  I understand society is facing challenges that most take up drinking but that should not be to the expense of living/working environments of other Zimbabweans.

In the Avenues area alone, grown men and women will park outside these bottle stores at Montagu and Fife Avenue shopping centres, drinking and smoking as they play loud music from their cars in a residential area with children watching.  When the police and council fathers see this, do they see it as normal?

Why are these things being ignored, someone somewhere is getting their palms greased in these tough times to turn a blind eye. 
The unfortunate thing is that the young boys and girls witnessing this behaviour will grow up aspiring to take part in some of these acts.
Is it any wonder then when we hear of teenage sex parties when young adults are having street parties at shopping centres and sex wherever they chose to park?

This surely must be looked at not only Avenues area as whole but at every shopping centre across the country. It is not right for people to accept stench of urine as normal walking out of a supermarket anymore.  This is a national issue which needs attention to save the future of this country. 

Can our president step in and address this on national clean up day done on 1st Friday of each Month.

    Comments (1)

    I totally agree with the writer. Just why when businesses like mine have requested Police assistance ,and proposed to pay for this assistance, do the Police ignore our request to monitor street drinking?

    Peter Trigg - 27 May 2019

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