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Businesses In Harare Challenge Licence Fee Hike

Businesses In Harare Challenge Licence Fee Hike

The business community in Harare has expressed unhappiness over the shop licences fee hike by the Harare City Council.

A number of small to medium enterprise businesspersons have signed a petition against the increase. Part of the petition reads:

As the business community of Harare guided by the Urban Councils Act (Chapter 29:15), we feel obliged to be consulted on issues of city budgets.

We are guided by Section 86 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, which gives us the right to have access to information with regards to our operations.

Currently, we are experiencing deflation as per the Minister of Finance and Economic Development’s economic outlook for 2022.

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe auction rate has remained the same for the last three months.

One businesswoman operating hair salons in the capital told H-Metro that her licence fee had gone up from US$400 to US$640.

She said the “unjustified charges” may force small businesses to close shop. Another shop owner said:

It’s an unjustified increase. They want to force all licence holders into vending where corruption is rampant; this is not good at all.

A significant number of shops in Harare’s Central Business District are reportedly operating without licences and some city officials are allegedly taking bribes not to shut them down. | H-Metro

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7 Comments

Patriot 1 week ago

This is not a banana republic were u just do business without the gvt getting anything


Zuze 1 week ago

Zimbabwe IS a Banana Republic.

$15 billion diamonds looted;
$6 billion looted via Command Agriculture
NSSA is a feeding trough for everyone
OSLEG (ZNA looting vehicle) given a free reign to loot chrome, lithium, diamonds etc.
NatPharm face mask scandal;
Wicknell Chivharo looting ZESA for $22 million;
$14 billion ministerial mansions looting spree;
$14 million SolatGate deals;
$5million Wadyajena COTTCO loot;
$32 billion PomonaGate Scandal..

.... and that's only my Monday morning recollection ndine bhabharasi.

Old People's Home looting makes Cosa Nostra look like kindergarten romps.

MDCCC 1 week ago

tisu takava vhotera ve Harare City council.Saka ngoma ngairire let us not complain


Hararians 1 week ago

who is in charge of Harare city council, where is the office which is mandated to issue licenses. I guess it all leads up to CCC


Hararians 1 week ago

who is in charge of Harare city council, where is the office which is mandated to issue licenses. I guess it all leads up to CCC


Melex 1 week ago

****nses are a scam, Why would someone with a tuckshop needs a ****nse for...These people are always racking people off


Mhanduwe 1 week ago

My personal view is as Zimbabweans we must learn to pay operating licences because this how the council generate revenue for them to undertake their development programs. Even the central government should collect taxes from individuals and companies for it to survive. This habit of ever crying and wanting to operate free of charges is something that we should stop. Look at ZESA if we were paying charges for electricity consumption we couldn't be in this mess.This syndrome of nyika yakasununguka depriving the government and local authorities revenue will not lead us anyway.



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