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Kwekwe Suspends Demolition of Illegal Tuckshops

Kwekwe Suspends Demolition of Illegal Tuckshops

Kwekwe City Council has suspended the demolition of illegal tuck shops pending consultations with stakeholders.

The local authority had given an ultimatum to the illegal tuck shop and gas vendors to regularise their operations or risk their structures being demolished without further notice.

In a public notice, the acting director of health services, Mrs Patricia Shumba had given the operators until Wednesday to regularise their operations before demolitions could be effected.

However, Mayor Councillor Future Titora said last Friday the demolitions have been shelved as further consultations are being made, The Herald reports. Said Titora:

When the decision to demolish the illegal structures was made, I was not there, I had gone out of town on council business. But upon my return I learnt of the development and we then decided to shelve the decision till further notice.

She said consultations will be made with fellow councillors, tuck shop owners as well as key stakeholders.

Titora urged tuck shop operators to take the time to approach the city’s health department to regularise their operations.

The decision to demolish the tuckshops triggered public outcry with residents blaming the local government authority for being “inconsiderate given the prevailing hard economic conditions.”

Kwekwe Central legislator, Judith Tobaiwa took to social media soon after the notice to criticise the council for not engaging stakeholders.

“I have noted with concern a circular by Kwekwe City Council threatening to demolish what they term illegal tuck shops and gas cages. As a lawmaker and an exemplary law-abiding citizen, I would like to see sanity in our town, but the move by the management is wrong considering the situation in our country.

Tobaiwa, a  member of the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) added that the situation would have been better resolved by engaging everyone and offering alternatives.

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