Harare Residents’ Trust has claimed that an investigation committee has disclosed that Harare City Council does not have by-laws on wetlands. This comes when there was public outcry when Longcheng Plaza was constructed in a wetland in Belvedere. The report also comes when residential stands are still being allocated in wetlands. Below is the trust’s statement in full.
A special investigation committee has discovered that the City of Harare had no by law which protect wetlands for the past three years. This is purely a failure by the Council as wetlands are being invaded.
There have been a serious invasion of wetlands in most suburbs in Harare in the name of stands and urban farming. Most of the land have been made commercial and residential stands.
Council is not doing anything not even conducting awareness campaigns to educate residents on the importance and how to protect wetlands. This then poses questions to the environment committee because they are responsible for the protection of wetlands.
One would wonder and question the existence of the environment committee if it’s failing to advocate for the drafting of a by-law which can protect this precious land.
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