Harare City Council is said to be losing millions of dollars in revenue to space barons who are collecting revenue from vendors at the city council’s vending sites, The Standard reports.
This was revealed by a source from the council who spoke to the publication and said:
People are allocated vending stalls by Zanu PF officials, especially under Chipangano. They pay all fees to these space barons and council has been pushed out of this lucrative market, losing close to $5 million monthly
Harare Mayor Herbert Gomba confirmed that space barons were collecting revenue at the council’s vending sites and said:
We have been losing millions to space barons. This is money that council can use to improve service delivery and even upgrade vending stalls.
However, people want services from us. They demand that we provide service, yet they don’t pay anything to council. They know they are paying space barons, who spend the money on their own luxuriesMost people who have vending spaces are paying rentals to third parties and we are losing thousands of dollars in the process, but by the time Covid-19 ends we will be glad and ready to accommodate our vendors in the designated places being prepared by council thereby freeing them from the yoke of the oppressive space barons
4 alleged space barons linked to Zanu PF were last week arrested in Harare after they clashed with ZRP officers while trying to stop the demolition of illegal structures.
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