harare logo.jpgIllegal structures most of whom were destroyed under Operation Restore Order/Murambatsvina in Harare have returned with owners of unlicensed tuck shops vowing to continue with business while accusing council of refusing to licensing them.

A drive around Harare’s western suburbs reveals that most of the structures destroyed under Operation Murambatsvina/Restore Order have resurfaced.

ZBC News visited Dzivarasekwa, Highfield and Warrenpark where tuck shop owners concurred in blaming the city fathers for their reluctance to give them operating licenses.

In a telephone interview with ZBC News, City of Harare Spokesperson, Mr. Leslie Gwindi said, council has issued owners of the illegal structures a fourteen day ultimatum to destroy them.

Mr. Gwindi said the tuck shops remain illegal according to council by laws hence the non issuance of licenses.

In 2005, the government launched an operation to rid the country of illegal structures which were threatening to turn most urban centres into slums.

After the destruction of the structures, government launched operation Garikai/Hlanani Kuhle to construct decent houses.

One of the biggest slums in Africa Kiberas is found in Nairobi, Kenya.