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news on Harare market stalls
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
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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