Local authorities urged to engage in PPPs to construct workspaces for vendors

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Harare (New Ziana) – The Harare Metropolitan Province has urged local authorities under its jurisdiction to engage in Public-Private-Partnerships (PPPs) for construction of more work-spaces in the wards for vendors and small to medium entrepreneurs.

In a statement, Harare Provincial Affairs and Devolution secretary Tafadzwa Muguti said they had encouraged the City of Harare, Chitungwiza Municipality, Ruwa and Epworth Local Boards to urgently consider working with the private sector in providing more work-spaces for the different entrepreneurs.

“The Office of the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution has encouraged local authorities to engage in Public Private Partners for the relevant infrastructure,” he said.

He said the province had since engaged the Harare City Council over the reopening of the Mupedzanhamo Market and the construction of a state-of-the-art SME Complex at the nearby Shawasha Grounds.

It had also engaged the HCC over the immediate reconstruction of a modern Glenview Furniture Industrial Park which recently burnt down for the eleventh time.

Muguti said the Metropolitan Province had, with immediate effect, banned any trading or operation of flea markets in parking bays and undesignated places.

He said the skirmishes that took place in Mbare on Tuesday, when two groups of youths clashed over flea market stands at the Mupedzanhamo open market had prompted the move.

“On the 13th of September 2022 violence erupted in Mbare as two groups of youths clashed at the Mupedzanhamo Market and members of the public were affected, as many had to flee for dear life whilst traffic came to a halt in fear of vehicles being stoned,” he said.

“In response to the increased level of indiscipline and lawlessness, we shall no longer allow any trading or operation of flea markets in parking bays and undesignated places.”

It had since been established, Muguti said, that the violence was as a result of two camps fighting for open spaces which they illegally lease to vendors and traders.

“Our Province is at present battling with these space barons who hide behind political lines working with corrupt officials in order to fleece traders. The same people have now created mafia styled syndicates that violently take over parking spaces, bus stops, markets and intimidate vendors,” he said.

Muguti said the province was concerned at the increased level of indiscipline and lawlessness which had found roots in the province, especially after another syndicate had tried to invade a parking bay this month.

“On the 2nd of September 2022, our law enforcement agencies intervened and arrested another syndicate that had invaded Fourth Street bus terminus intending to convert the parking bays into second hand clothing (mabhero) trading spaces,” he said.

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