Death of Ximex Mall


A man reads a newspaper outside Ximex Mall with piles of rubbish clearly visible from the french doors. Many people now try and avoid passing by the mall for two reasons: they do not want to be harassed by the street dealers and they don’t want to walk through the filth in the area

Tafadzwa Ndlovu Herald Reporter
Harare’S Ximex Mall has been converted into a dump site with illegal street dealers and passers-by throwing litter into the abandoned building.Owned for years by property mogul Sam Levy, who converted the former Duly’s car showroom first into a department store and then into a shopping mall, the building was finally sold to NSSA who closed it five months ago for demolition so that a modern multi-storey and multimillion-dollar shopping and office complex could be built on the site, a complete city block ready for development.

But while it is closed, and before the planned development, is has been turned into a dump. Dozens of street dealers – who trade mainly in cellphones and accessories, and foreign currency – have made Ximex their base of operations for several years, and have been largely responsible for converting a middle-market shopping mall into a down-market mall. But with the shutdown of the mall they now have the run of the place.

It has also been alleged in the past that drug dealers, who merchandise marijuana and cocaine, also work from the mall. Police raids of the place have become infrequent since the mall was shut down, perhaps because in the past shop-owners used to make complaints about the presence of the dealers who disrupt traffic and are a general nuisance to passers-by.

The street dealers, now working with virtual impunity, toss their rubbish into the building through smashed windows. Ximex is now littered with plastic and other waste.

Others get inside the building through the smashed windows and relieve themselves in there. Situated opposite another mall, Nhaka Parade, and a growing fast food chain, Ximex is also close to the upmarket Joina City and has become a real eyesore in the centre of the capital.

Residents have expressed their dissatisfaction with the failure by NSSA to take charge of their building, and with police for not being more vigilant in ensuring order in the city centre.

“Ximex Mall is now a disaster. It is now a dumpsite. Urine, human waste and litter are being thrown inside. I wonder what council and NSSA are doing about it,” said Mr Prosper Hove.

Many people now try and avoid passing by Ximex Mall for two reasons: they do not want to be harassed by the street dealers and they don’t want to walk through the filth in the area.

Last week, Harare City Council Town Clerk Dr Tendai Mahachi pledged to look into the matter.
“It is not possible for us to go in and bulldoze down the place and start cleaning it because the property does not belong to us, but to NSSA.

“What I can say is that we will take the matter to council and see what we can do about it because it is our duty to keep the city clean,” he said.

The Herald could not establish what NSSA was doing about the sad state of Ximex Mall as requests for a comment went unanswered.
Last year NSSA said it intended to demolish the structure and erect a multimillion-dollar shop and office complex.

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  • no story

    apa mashaya nyaya, whats the story here?

  • Abel

    Hurumende iripi zvakadai zvichiitika? Basa kunetsa vanhu kupera

    • Jotham

      It is the responsibility of NSSA, not govt. Comment after thorough research.

      • Jindaguru

        Which Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, confirms nominations of NSSA board members?
        Are you really so naive as to think that Government doesn’t remotely control NSSA decisions?

        • YOWE78

          Thanks for helping our no so learned brother

        • Jotham

          This not assistance . The govt. does not run day to day activities of NSSA or any other companies under its umbrella arm. The boards are to run these organisations through boards and the CEO/GM/Managing Directors. The Govt. draws policy directions only , dummy. You should learn how state functions are conducted and the issue of separation of powers, Jackass. Jindaguru ndiwe usina kudzidza.

          • MkanyaGP

            I am not as educated, but my unlearned opinion is that the gvt, through its arms, can contain this situation by way of directives. I may be wrong……..

          • DZIDZAI

            Don’t show your ignorance of reality on the ground. We all know how separation of powers is supposed to operate theoretically, and equally how politburo members ignore the Zimbabwean constitution and laws.

      • Abel

        In any country, the buck stops with the government. Thats wy uchiona sometimes even nyaya dzema private school vanopindira. zvasiyanei neye ximex mall iyi. Itawo semunhu mukuru iwe. Must they just watch nyika crumble because ndezve ximex mall? saka basa ravo nderei? rekubaya zvitupa?

  • Mbanda

    I thought these were public funds that were used to buy the place and what is it that could be holding the NSSA back if funds are pouring into their coffers every month with the civil servant crying for the never coming increment that, instead, has met with re-structuring as shut-up tablet.

    • Jotham

      Public Funds yes you are right. The whole project was a waste of resources.

  • maita

    This place is a Sodom and Gomorrah of Harare and must be demolished at all cost.

  • Rufaro Ndlovu

    I am a struggling Harare sex worker and I rely on XIMEX Mall as It provides me and my colleagues with a convenient and rent free brothel in the central business district.