Desmond Munemo, H-Metro Reporter
Harare mayor Councillor Herbert Gomba says they will act on ugly buildings in the Central Business District.
He said this in his second State of the City Address (SOCA) yesterday at the Town House in Harare.
Mayor Gomba said council would not tolerate unattractive structures to continue standing in the city adding that the responsibility to spruce up buildings rested with property owners.
“Teams will be set by the Town Clerk to inspect all buildings in the CBD and those found wanting will be closed in line with our urban renewal agenda.
“We are serving an average of 50 abatement orders per month and this should increase to make sure that we inspect all of the buildings in the CBD.
“We expect all property owners in Harare to do the same and this programme will also be decentralised to suburbs so that they can do the same to complement the efforts in the CBD,” he said.
He said City of Harare is planning to develop vendor marts at the corner of Seke Road and Dieppe Roads in Granite side area.
“We have since started a blitz to organise all vending activities so that we have proper vendor stalls to avoid the “cat and mouse” modus operandi with vendors.
“We therefore appeal to our stakeholders to approach Council for allocation of proper vending stations.
“We continue to lobby for arresting powers to fully institutionalise the operations of the Metropolitan Police,” he said.
Council allocated the vendors substandard stalls at an open space opposite the National Tyre Services near the Coca-Cola plant along Seke Road, and to the already crowded Mupedzanhamo market.
Mayor Gomba said all strategic business units under the City of Harare have been given targets as the city moves to gain maximum value from its investments.
Next year, all non performing business units will be disbanded.