Once famed as Africa’s ‘Sunshine City’, Harare is losing its lustre and is now in a deplorable state with the local authority’s ambition to reach world-class status by 2025 now appearing like a pipe dream and a blank blueprint.
Addressing the Zanu PF National Youth Assembly at the party headquarters this weekend, President Robert Mugabe called for sanity to be restored that Harare must be because it is the capital city.
The current state of the country’s capital is deplorable with the local authorities’ efforts being overwhelmed by littering, rampant vending and wayward pirate taxi drivers.
President Mugabe lamented that even streets named after liberation icons are now in a bad state due to uncontrolled vending.
“Migwagwa iya yakapiwa mazita vanaNyerere, vana Robert Gabriel Mugabe, vanotengesa vaye vanouya husiku kuti varege kuonekwa. toita sei? Tatadza kuvasunga. Tikaedza vakuru veparty vanoti aiwa rega kudaro waakuda kutiruzisa maelection. Zvino tongobata veopposition chete, ndivovotomisa here? Ndikati ini saka une hurongwa hupi? Zvikanzi tangatichiti tichavatsvagira nzvimbo kumoffat votengesera vari ikoko. Chokwadi migwagwa haichaita,”said the President.
A joint effort by the Harare City Council and the Zimbabwe Republic Police last year, failed to remove vendors and pirate public transport operators from the city centre.
Relevant government ministries must act to stop the rot said President Mugabe.
The President said; “Saka nezuro ndaitaura na VaChombo ndichiti koo, tingabvume here kuti migwagwa yedu yovandiyo zvitoro munotengeserwa zvinhu, koo kusanopa vanhu kuti imi munotengesera apa? Asi migwagwa must be left free for the cars to run. Hamudi? Hanzi vakati isu tinoda kunotengesa pese pese. Aiwa indiscipline iyo hatiide! Pasi nayo, pasi nayo. Tibatsirei, we must clear the roads. Vanhu kana vaziva kuti uku ndiko kunotengeserwa vanoenda ikoko”.
Cde Mugabe castigated the unprecedented levels of chaos and disorder prevailing in the city and called for sanity to return.
“We do not want to see Nigerian-style of . . . Ndinonzwa kuti ivo vandiri kutaura ivavo vatozara mutown. ah, hona tsvina dzoga dzoga. Ngatiregerei kudaro town yedu. Harare must be the smartest of all towns because it’s our capital city,” he added.
After the pronouncement by President Mugabe, the City Council announced that it is embarking on an exercise called operation restore order to decongest the city.
Observers have however noted that by-laws are an important part of running a city and when they are not enforced then there is bound to be chaos and mayhem.