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Breaking news on Harare market stalls
Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA)
September 18, 2009

It has come to the knowledge of CHRA that the Minister of Local Government, Dr. Ignatius Chombo sent an instruction to the City's Director of Housing, Justin Chivavaya, to reserve twelve market stands at Mupedzanhamo flea market in Mbare. The correspondence was made on the on the 17th of March 2009 after the Councilors had raised the issue of the unfair allocation of market stands in Harare (see appendix 1).

This comes amid reports that some former members of the Harare Commission, government and high ranking City of Harare officials have multiple stands at Mupedzanhamo and Machipisa markets which they are sub-letting to desperate residents. Chombo's directive to Chivavaya also fuels the complaints that have been raised by residents that the market stands were being allocated on partisan lines. Some sources in Council have also pointed out that there is a possibility that some stands were allocated to ghost occupants and yet they were in actual fact owned by top politicians.

CHRA condemns any acts of corruption and urges Council to be vigilant in ensuring transparency in all its operations. The Association remains committed to advocating for good, transparent and accountable local governance.

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