Talent Gore, H-Metro Reporter
Harare City Council has called for property owners and business operators in the capital to repaint and renovate their buildings.
Harare Acting Mayor Stewart Musarurwa Mutizwa said council was in the process of compiling abatement orders to all property owners starting with those in the Central Business District.
“Harare has a vision to achieve a world class city status by 2025. That vision can only be achieved with the full participation of residents, business and other stakeholders,” he said.
“Business operators and property owners should repaint, renovate their buildings and maintain the frontage of their properties with immediate effects as part of efforts to reclaim the Sunshine status.
“The abatement orders are instructions to beautify one’s building.”
Acting Mayor Mutizwa said there were provisions that allowed the city to hire contractors.
“There are however provisions in the city bylaws that allow the city to hire contractors on behalf of building owners in the event the owners fail to spruce up their building,” he said.
“The cost would be borne by the owners. This route is however not in the best interest of our engagement thrust and confidence building.”
The City fathers said tourism receipts can only grow when all parties are playing their part and that a beautiful, well-manicured Harare will certainly be the destination of choice for both tourism and investment.
This programme will also be decentralised to suburbs so that they can do the same to complement the efforts of the city.