Manyenyeni chides Harare ‘city of booze’

Harare mayor, Bernard Manyenyeni has chided the local authority for licensing more bottle stores at the expense of residential stands, earning itself the tag “booze city”.
Manyenyeni said city liquor outlets were “becoming the only game in town at every shopping centre”, while council has failed to provide meaningful infrastructure development.


“Picking just a few spots like Highfield (pamaStones), Newlands (Murandy Square), Sunridge (Albury Road), Kuwadzana 6 (best Gango Place in Harare), Hillside (paHuku), Glen Norah, Marlborough (Civic Centre) – you can pick many others,” Manyenyeni said.

Compared to other capitals of the world, he said Harare was fast turning into a village of beerhalls, while other facilities such as ablution and parking were being neglected.

Manyenyeni said after visiting capitals such as Kigali in Rwanda, Harare was now an eyesore, as it had been turned into a brewery hub with no off-site infrastructural developmental projects.

“On my suburban stroll yesterday we counted around 20 liquor outlets at pamaStones in Highfield. No new houses – so roughly the same population. As for Warren Park – (Mereki) I won’t even comment. This one is a ‘special economic zone’ for the breweries.

“These many liquor places don’t make a city a city, period.”

Manyenyeni said as a way to ensure the city retained its glory, the number of liquor outlets should be reduced and the city fathers also enact a law banning political parties from littering the streets with their campaign posters.


  1. indeed mayor what a brilliant description its all about booze and service stations and vendors in town

  2. The Newlands bottle store drinking is disgraceful. Punters bring out deck chairs, snacks etc, to drink at a bottle store. The value and makes of some of the cars parked there, shows that these are people who can afford to sit in proper licensed bars, as opposed to doing ‘growth point’ drinking.

    1. Hatizikuda kunwira muma licensed store aurikutaura, tirikuda kunwira mu road and hapana zvaunotiita!

  3. so before you went to kigali you did`nt know kuti city inofanira kugara yakachena nxaa shit yemunhu

  4. just increase the liquor license fees and all will fall in place.

    1. Give this one a trial Mayor!!

  5. mayor dofo rakadzidza kurwanda kure pinda papretoria nejoza

  6. I was in the City Centre on Sunday, and there are still vendors and combis etc!!! What happened?

  7. I was in the City Centre on Sunday, and there are still vendors and combis etc!!! What happened?

  8. Conrad Becker

    Kutaura nyaya ye hwahwa ko mutown makazara ma vendor unotoshaya pekufamba. Huswa wakazara mumigwagwa. Shame on you Short guy mayor. Your workers still not yet paid February salary apa you are globe trotting.

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