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Council Demolishes 'Illegal Structures' In Mbare

Council Demolishes 'Illegal Structures' In Mbare

The City of Harare, with support from the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), on Saturday destroyed vendors’ market stalls and tuckshops in Mbare, one of Harare’s oldest suburbs.

On Friday, the Nelson Chamisa-led MDC Alliance party had warned residents of the impending demolitions in Mbare.

The opposition party accused Harare Provincial Affairs secretary Tafadzwa Muguti and the ruling ZANU PF party of being the driving force behind the demolitions. A message posted on the MDC Alliance’s social media channels read:

In Harare Metropolitan Province, [ZANU PF] has directed Harare City Council to demolish markets and tuckshops in Mbare. The process will start tomorrow Saturday, 8th of January 5 AM.

Contacted for comment by The Standard during the demolitions on Saturday, Muguti refused to say anything about the operation.

The operation started around 8 AM with bulldozers and front-end loaders destroying all structures deemed illegal.

Most of the structures that were demolished in yesterday’s operation were those built along roads around the Mupedzanhamo area.

ZRP national spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed police deployment in Mbare saying they were there to maintain law and order.

However, scores of informal traders were left counting their losses with some saying they had totally lost their sources of livelihood. One of the traders, Simbarashe Chibaya said:

We had heard that they were coming, and so some traders started removing their stuff last night, but most failed to do so.

These people are really heartless; they came before 8 am just to demolish our vending stalls.

Personally, I have been hurt beyond words. I have a son who will soon be going to university and I need to raise school fees for him. What am I going to do now?

Can you imagine what was going on in their heads, coming to destroy our livelihoods during the rains?

Vendors for Social and Economic Transformation executive director Samuel Wadzai condemned the demolitions describing them as illegal and barbaric.

MDC-Alliance secretary for Local Government Sesel Zvidzai called on the Government to legalise the informal sector instead of resorting to terrorising vendors. Said Zvidzai:

Traditionally, whenever it’s cold or raining, ZANU PF always wants to punish people in cities because they know that they rejected them long back. So they are trying to punish them.

Our policy is that we support the poor, we don’t punish them because they are already suffering.

If there is a need for the regularisation of informal sectors, we believe we must regularise rather than punish the people.

More: The Standard


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11 Comments

Vybz Kartel 4 months ago

PAMBERI NE Zanu


Kwanhasi 4 months ago

Ngavangovhura mupedzanhamo vanhu vapinde mukati but havasi kuda. Vanoda kuzovhura towards 2023 just for the votes.nxaa


Daily prophecy 4 months ago

Its not punishment thats one of the tricks of Zanupf vote mobilisation mark my words later on they will come back blaming MDC (council) and they will give a green light like they are good imi moti haa tatenderwa our government(zanu pf) ine rudo nesu

It happened a lot whilst Mugabe was at throne for a example in guruve south whereby Ignatius Chombo will send his messengers to evacuate villagers who relocated in some areas after on Chombo would come on his own achiti handina kumbodaro minda ndeyenyu rimai muvake votopihwa maInputs and people will be excited end up voting for them again

ZANU PF Tricks
Ngaapinde hake Mukomana


Sokostina 4 months ago

Ngazvipazwe kuitaseiko Zimbabwe inyika hedu yese tinotoda kuti ichene asi ngavatipe open space yekutengesera vakavhara. Pataitengesera kure neroad saka todii totoramba tichidzoka ipapo tofa nenzara here paripo patinoraramira


Sokostina 4 months ago

Ngazvipazwe kuitaseiko Zimbabwe inyika hedu tese tinotoda kuti ichene asi ngavatipe open space yekutengesera vakavhara Pataitengesera kure neroad saka todii totoramba tichidzoka ipapo tofa nenzara here paripo patinoraramira.....?pamberi nechivendor ndomabasa acho arimuzinbabwe hapana yekutamba


Wezhira 4 months ago

Unoshaya kuti anozorega vanhu vachivaka futi ndiani it's been lyk that for so many years manje manje vanovaka futi,wotoona kuti zvakanzi Vinson 2030 inyaya dzemu Zupco hapana kuri kuendwa.


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Wezhira 4 months ago

Unoshaya kuti anozorega vanhu vachivaka futi ndiani it's been lyk that for so many years manje manje vanovaka futi,wotoona kuti zvakanzi Vinson 2030 inyaya dzemu Zupco hapana kuri kuendwa.


Makelanwi 4 months ago

We are sick and tired of continuous demolitions in particular ,in the City of Harare.Can you not find a permanent solution to this vicious cycle.Please devise long-term plans to eradicate the construction of illegal structures in the City.Taneta nekungoona zvinhu zvichipazwa then after a few weeks later zvivakwa zviye zvichidzoka.Taneta nxaa😎☺


Tkt 4 months ago

haa musada kutsvaga mavote zvenhema imi. even dai murimi you wont let me construct an illegal tuckshop pamberi peRBZ simply bcoz i'm poor, why muchida kungo politicizer zvese zvese nhaimi zvivanhu zveMDC


ED My President 4 months ago

Now someone with an open mindset. What's wrong is wrong, these Mbare guys they knew what they were in for the moment they started erecting these structures. Seriously along the road. Guys wake up, if you're to recall it's the first time we have experienced these issues. Ngazvipazwe Ngazvibviswe. # Clean My Country Clean My ZIMBABWE. # ED Our President

Francis Mhike Mutema 4 months ago

Vava kupomerana., Blame game



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