Harare City Council speaks on demolitions

HUNDREDS of houses in Zimbabwe’s high-density suburb of Budiriro were recently demolished. According to city council officials (at the time of the interview and writing), these houses were built illegally,  Nyaradzo Nyere (NN) spoke to Harare City Council acting spokesperson Innocent Ruwende (IR) on the demolitions.  Below are excerpts of the interview at the time […]

Financial constraints hamper Harare’s preps for rainy season

By Nyaradzo Nyere WHILE the start of the rainy season is something that many in Zimbabwe look forward to, it can be a nightmare to residents in areas where there is poor drainage systems, potholed and poor roads.  It can also have disastrous consequences in areas where flowing raw sewage is normal and heaps of […]

Setting up of task force a misplaced priority

By Philemon Jambaya HARARE residents have said the setting up of a task force to deal with the crisis created by the illegal sale of land and mushrooming informal markets in the Harare Metropolitan province was a case of gross misplaced priority. The Harare Provincial Development Coordinator, Tafadzwa Muguti, last year set up the task […]

Service delivery: do councils have autonomy?

By Thomas Madhuku FOLLOWING years of poor service delivery in most urban centres, a debate has ensued over elected councillors’ capabilities to run municipalities without the support and cooperation of central government. This debate was also ignited by remarks made by Harare Mayor Councillor Jacob Mafume, who claimed that the current set-up made him a […]

Harare residents concerned with rates hike

By Thomas Madhuku Residents associations dismissed the City of Harare’s proposed 2021 budget which they said is a departure from its duty to provide services to residents to running a commercial entity only concerned with profits. City of Harare’s proposed ZW$32,7 billion (US$400 million) financial plan for 2021, saw water consumption charges for five cubic […]

CHRA opposes Mayor Manyenyeni’s proposal

The Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) strongly disagrees with the proposal by the President of Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe (UCAZ) and Mayor of Harare, Councilor Bernard Manyenyeni to hand over water bills collection to the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA). In as much as we appreciate the fact that residents should pay for services […]