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City approves plans for Mupedzanhamo 2

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The City of Harare has approved the construction of Mupedzanhamo Phase 2 after the council failed to evict vendors backed by Zanu PF supporters operating and sub-letting stalls at the flea market.
Council has dismally failed to evict the vendors who attack municipal police whenever they attempt to eject them.
The chairperson of the Housing and Community Services Committee councillor Charles Nyatsuro yesterday said his team had produced a draft document on the proposed construction and will have it tabled at a full council meeting this month for endorsement.
Nyatsuro said the municipality was moving in to “depoliticise” operations at Mupedzanhamo market where individuals and top government officials were allegedly sub-letting stalls.
He said those politically connected were sub-letting for at least $300 per month yet they paid as little as $60 per month to council. Council said that had led to overcrowding at the original market site creating a health hazard because there were no ablution facilities.
“We are worried with the sub-letting system at the market and we want to come up with an open-market policy where no one but council can claim monopoly over the stalls. Vendors will have to pay and use the stalls for the day at the market without anyone having a claim over the stalls,” he said.
A full council meeting recently said that the director of urban planning services had done the necessary planning and designing for Mupedzanhamo Phase 2.
The new market will be situated at an open space next to the old Mupedzanhamo market.
Council faced stiff resistance last year when municipal police tried to take over the old market.
Council police clashed with youths and other vendors, resulting in two vendors dying during the mayhem while several people were injured.
Nyatsuro said council would engage the Zimbabwe Republic Police to restore order at the old market.
Yesterday, town clerk Tendai Mahachi confirmed the development but said it was still in its infancy.

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