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Masvingo to re-introduce pre-paid parking

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THE cash-strapped Masvingo City Council re-introduced prepaid parking on New Year’s Day in a move it said is aimed at decongesting the central business district.

TATENDA CHITAGU
OWN CORRESPONDENT

The council abruptly halted prepaid parking in 2012 after a lawyer challenged the constitutionality of the provision saying it was not covered in council by-laws.

But it now seems the council has done its homework after amending its by-laws.

In a notice, the municipality indicated that prepaid parking was implemented on New Year’s Day.

“Notice is hereby given that in terms of Section 229 of the Urban Councils Act (Chapter 29:15) and statutory instrument 37 of 2012, the City of Masvingo intends to re-introduce prepaid parking in the CBD area with effect from 1 January 2015.

“The parking fees range from $0,50 for 30 minutes and $1 per hour. Cheaper parking for the whole day costs $2 at the council chambers,” reads the notice.

Parking disks are already on sale.

Masvingo mayor Hubert Fidze declined to comment on the latest move saying he was not feeling well.

“I am at a hospital now as I am not feeling well,” said Fidze.
The increase in vehicle volumes has seen Masvingo experiencing traffic jams during peak hours and a serious shortage of parking space.

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