Harare should be pacesetter: Govt

Minister Moyo

Minister Moyo

Innocent Ruwende Senior Reporter
Government has ordered Harare City Council to restore law and order in housing and land allocation as well as urgently tackle the water crisis as it impacts on the health of residents.

Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister July Moyo yesterday led a strong delegation which included permanent secretary Mr George Magosvongwe and principal director (urban local authorities) Ms Erica Jones to Town House where they held a closed door meeting for close to four hours with Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni and city management.

Minister Moyo, who was rushing to another “urgent meeting”, directed questions to Mr Magosvongwe, who said the Government had given the local authority 100-day targets to implement.

“For purposes of coordination of Government 100-day programme and Government wish to improve service provision in the city and in the country in general, the focus was on matters related to water provision. Harare city must take the subject seriously because it impacts on development and the living standards of the people. It is an obligation that all local authorities must provide,” said Mr Magosvongwe.

“They are at the apex of local government matrix or pyramid. Harare City Council, because it is the capital city, mirrors the image of the country.

“It also reflects the images of all the others, the sum total of the local authorities that we have. So, we want Harare to be a model city that leads by example,” he said.

He said they had also discussed matters relating to urban planning following the proliferation of illegal settlements and a breakdown of law and order as land barons became the planning authorities.

Mr Magosvongwe said co-operatives had also created chaos and caused a lot of grief to members by failing to deliver after taking people’s money.

He said this had raised the country’s unhappiness index, painting a negative image of Zimbabwe as a whole.

“What we have been saying to Harare is, let us restore law and order in relation to housing, industrial development ownership of land and in relation to the rating system because that is your source of funding for all the services that you must provide,” he said.

“In relation to the licensing system, your shops, your factories, they all attract a service so they must pay licences. At the end of the day, we have been saying Harare must not just come back to its Sunshine city status.

“It must create a new culture that enables futuristic vision to emerge so that we do not sit on the 50-year plan we inherited from colonialism, but we have a futuristic plan for the development of the country as a whole visioning on the model that Harare will set.”

He said local authorities should discharge the functions they are required to do in terms of existing legislation because they are a service provider and must guarantee the living standards and improve them.

“Otherwise, they are not worth the ballot paper they were elected on. We are saying performance, performance and specific substantive product must come of the local authority system.

“For us as a ministry, it is the fusion of a new culture.

“It is the motivation of the employees that we have in the ministry and in the local authorities so that as we change the performance culture, we are also guaranteed to improve the basic living standard our people,” he said.

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  • Sandura1

    These ministers change too much compromising continuity.

  • Chinhoyi resident

    Cde Minister, the issue of access to clean water should be urgently and systematically addressed, in all towns. For example, I’m a Chinhoyi resident in Ruvimbo, since 2014 I have not got a drop of water from the municipality, and yet ironically they send me bills, and do nothing besides my complaints. Last year they came and closed up the mains permanently. This is ridiculous, and irresponsible by these municipalities! Urgently step in.

  • eliasha

    Mr Minister if you are going to sit and bark orders from the office nothing is going to change, there are bigger problems in Harare City Council ,roads are in bad shape, street lights need rejuvenation, no proper tap water, sewage all over ,stand mushrooming in wet lands ,racketeering with Welshman Debt Collectors whilst there delay on implementation of Prepaid Water Meters etc Hararians are wiser and there blame these things on the sitting Minister and President and not the Mayor and his Councillors, and we are expecting at least minimal changes before elections and it requires that you pull up your socks otherwise we will view you as just another Kasukuwere.

  • Jack Silas Sibotshiwe

    VanaJuly Moyo ndovagoni vebasa. Mirai muone. Muchasekerera imi!!

  • Progressive Zimbabwean

    Cde July Moyo. Your ministry is very key and you need to move seven gears up. If ever there is a minister who must never sleep it is you Cde minister. Roads, street lighting, provision of clean water and decent housing await you. You also have the menace of unruly kombi and mushikashika drivers who have literally rewritten road rules. You need to rope in the ministers of transport and home affairs to correct the delinquency and introduce an efficient urban transportation system. The ministry of finance must also prioritise funding for this purpose. You have the advantage of having level headed mayors in major cities particularly Harare and Bulawayo and all you need is to ignite the right plugs and the engine roars into life.

  • Gaitor

    Is Harare still a City?

    From the onset when one gets into to town its pale shadow of its former self. Combi drivers have been left to do what they please, you have people urinating where ever they feel like is the best spot, the little cars who violet and mutilate traffic regulations left right and centre. Lets not forget the vendors who don’t contribute to the fiscus and who change diapers in the pavements ( sounds gross doesn’t it ). Passengers in the combi who throw litter from the window. Undesignated combi pick up points. Police officers who pick up their noses or use the mobile phone whilst a combi drops off a passenger right in the middle of street. Someone in First Street is selling a goat or right there they have their brai for maize.

    If this is the freedom that we fought for for independence then there is fundamentality something wrong with our objectives or the message wasn’t crystal clear on what the true gains of independence were.

    This and all are signs and symptoms of a Growth Point not a City. Harare bears the hallmark of a Growth Point unless those few issues and whole others are addressed the situation will further deteriorate and it will be past Growth Point to something else.