The Harare Mayor, Herbet Gomba said the move to destroy the informal markets was not a council decision but a government directive without Council participation. Councilors tried to STOP this DEMOLISHMENT but were told they will be infringing the ACTS OF PARLIAMENT and the EMERGENCE STIPULATIONS.
After celebrating the country’s 40th Independence Day, the residents of Mbare in Harare wake up to see heavy machinery destroying their informal markets. Mbare Musika (market) is a lifeline for many informal traders, small scale farmers and the majority of poor communities in the capital city. The social media today was awash with public outrage as citizens condemn the move taken by the government to do carry out such a heinous act under the cover of COVID-19 lockdown.
Mayor Herbet Gomba in a statement said, “It has come to our caucus that some are making false allegations that council has demolished some illegal vending structures.
“This is false to a larger extent due to that,
1). In an emergency situation Government assumes control over all security matters and therefore according to the statutory instrument that was promulgated by Government, all matters including hospitals were taken over by the STATE.
2). The command and whatever is happening has nothing to do with Council as elected because Council doesn’t supervise the STATE.
3). Councilors tried to STOP this DEMOLISHMENT but were told they will be infringing the ACTS OF PARLIAMENT and the EMERGENCE STIPULATIONS.