Talent Gore, H-Metro Reporter
Harare City is reviewing its operations through strengthening of its systems, realignment of duties, deployment and redeployment of staff to areas of competence in line with their vision of achieving a world class city by 2025, Harare mayor Councillor Herbert Gomba said.
He said one of the key areas that council has attended to work on was the overhauling of other operations.
“The markets unit that has traditionally operated under the Districts Management section in the same department is now a stand-alone section to be headed by chief markets officer.
“The informal sector forms a large part of Harare’s so called informal working class, demand for informal trading spaces is very high while there is a corresponding need to provide the requisite infrastructure for the city’s growing informal business sector,” said Mayor Gomba.
“In our drive to formalise and facilitate the growth of this sector, Harare’s sitting on February 26 approved an organisational structure that has a fully-fledged markets Section to focus on informal trading.
“This section is mandated to develop market places and the facilities. In short to grow the informal sector economy.”
Mayor Gomba said provision of infrastructure will wipe out space barons and excite the informal sector to pay directly to council while operating under sheltered markets.
“The existence of this section will enhance enforcement activities through dedicated staff which will directly work with other sister units such as Development Control, Municipal Police, waste management (provision of ablution facilities at markets),” Mayor Gomba said.
He said introduction of the section fits well into the creation of the informal sector standing committee by the last council.
“Council is aware that some of its employees were involved as land barons and in aiding land/space capture, the Town Clerk has been mandated to ensure that the markets section is manned by able staffers with integrity and the interests of council at heart,” said Mayor Gomba.