Innocent Ruwende Municipal Reporter
HARARE City Council has raked in $2,4 million in penalties for misdemeanours that include vending on undesignated stalls. Harare Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni attributed the development to strict enforcement of various council by-laws by the city’s inspectorate section. “We urge residents to abide by the by-laws and set regulations to avoid penalties and also to develop a liveable and orderly city.
“Building plan fees continue to do relatively well due to an upsurge in property developmental activities throughout the city. “The holding bay along Coventry Road has also gone a long way in flashing out errant commuter omnibus operators who ordinarily operate without rank discs among other charges,” Councillor Manyenyeni said.
He said there was need to guard against the use of fake discs by some unscrupulous operators. Clr Manyenyeni said council was concerned about the increasing numbers of broken down vehicles being dumped all over the city.
“Cognisant of the increasing traffic and congestion in our ranks, the city continues to come up with initiatives to manage the mushikashika menace.
“Elsewhere in the world the distance between Simon Muzenda Street and Copacabana is a walking distance. The issue of vendor management continues as we pursue the goal of a clean city which also develops space for non-formal business which is an economic reality in the country,” he said.
Clr Manyenyeni said the city was concerned with the “unGodly” noise levels which are coming out of churches in residential areas all over the city. “I don’t think God is pleased with noise pollution at reported levels.”
He urged residents to pay their rates, saying service delivery was not defined by emotions and perceptions, but by the amount of money available for use. Without resources, he said, the city could not function and rates compliance should be commensurate with service delivery expe- ctations. He said the city must devise ways of paying rates, which maybe deductions from salaries or through mobile phone technology.
“We regret there are some untouchables who owe council large amounts of money.
“They can afford to pay, but choose to be subsidised by ordinary residents who can least afford it: these include businessman, politicians and professionals,” he said.