Wednesday, 21 September 2016


The Harare City Council (HCC) plans to control the use of carts — popularly known as ‘‘zvingoro’’ — in the central business district (CBD) by licensing them, arguing they have become a menace.

The local authority’s spokesperson, Michael Chideme, said a new by-law empowered council to confiscate the carts.

According to Statutory Instrument 108 of 2016, Harare (Cycle Licensing) by-law, pedal cycles and hand and animal-drawn carts can operate freely upon obtaining a licence.
The Instrument mandates every owner of such vehicles or cycles to obtain a licence first before using them.

Chideme told the Daily News that previously, there was no by-law that regulated the push carts, making it difficult to enforce the confiscation.

“This by-law empowers us to effectively enforce their use in the CBD. Previously, we had a tough time arresting offenders because there was no law that said it was illegal to have such carts,” he said, adding that “people had also been complaining that these carts were disturbing movements in town as they block pavements and roads”.

Chideme said only in special circumstances such as weddings will animal-drawn carts be allowed to roam the streets but after they have been issued with a licence.

He said despite the special circumstances, it was well within HCC’s rights to approve or decline any licence application.

Chideme, who dismissed claims that the move was part of council’s desperate efforts to collect revenue from residents — said HCC was partnering the Zimbabwe Republic Police in impounding and destroying the carts.

The move comes after HCC’s acting finance director, Tendai Kwenda, revealed that the local authority’s debt had ballooned to $513,3 million against actual revenue collections of only $88,6 million in the first half of 2016.

Chideme noted that as such, council had resorted to some stringent measures to recover revenue from residents and its properties.

Among some of the measures was that prospective home owners will not have their plans approved if they owe council.

He also added that they were getting into partnership with the Law Society of Zimbabwe to ensure that counsels who deal with HCC should be debt-free. daily news


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