Talent Gore, H-Metro Reporter
Harare City Council has expressed concern over the rampant illegal activities outside Mupedzanhamo markets where unscrupulous individuals are charging traders US$5 to operate.
According to recent minutes of the Small to Medium Enterprises Committee, councillors heard that youths were threatening to disrupt the smooth reopening of the market.
“The stone throwing youths were threatening to disrupt the re-opening of the market hence the safety of the people was not guaranteed until a lasting solution was found,” read the minutes.
The committee noted that the reopening of the home industry was being hampered by the site management committee.
“At Dieppe/Seke Roads (Coca-Cola) Market site the Management Committee was contributing to the delay to re-open the market,” the minutes read.
“They had fenced part of the market, preventing council officials from collecting revenue and had been collecting USD$IO per day from unsuspecting traders.
“While at Mbare Musika Bus Terminus, vagrants had taken refuge in the bus terminus thereby creating unnecessary parking challenges, vandalism, erecting make-shifts structures and other social ills.”
“Council had plans to re-register traders, verify and establish the actual database and potential thereof.”
“There was chaos at the Complex due to haphazard trading and uncoordinated events. It was imperative that sanity prevailed at the Complex to enable Council to collect the much needed revenue.”
Councillors also heard that Illegal flea market operators had also invaded the bus terminus creating insecurity to buses parked and health concerns especially the spread of Covid-19 disease.