Council Targets Illegal Structures, Blitz To Start In Mbare

City of Harare (CoH) has advised owners of illegal structures such at tuckshops to remove them before 18 February, or risk having them demolished by bulldozers.

In a notice posted on its social media channels this Wednesday, the Harare City Council (HCC) said it will soon embark on an operation to remove illegal structures, starting with Mbare high-density suburb and the move other areas. CoH said:

Council has noted with concern the re-emergence of illegal vending stalls and tuckshops on public spaces (road verges and open spaces) and on residential stands within Harare’s confines in contravention of section 24 of the Regional, Town and Country Planning Act.

For the avoidance of doubt, tuckshops remain prohibited and any person operating a tuckshop whether within their residential stand, on public open space or road verge is doing so illegally.

Those operating illegal tuckshops are advised to immediately cease the activity, remove the illegal structures being used for tuckshop purposes and restore the land to its intended and designated use.

Removal of illegal tuckshops and vending stalls begins in Mbare on Thursday 18 February 2021 and extend to other suburbs thereafter.

Residents are urged to get all their building stages approved and to commence construction work when their building plans have been approved.

Evidence on the ground shows there are residents taking advantage of the non-visibility of our Development Control and Building Inspectors due to COVID-19 lockdown, to engage in invasion of Council land and construction of illegal houses.

Those structures will be removed and offenders prosecuted.

For more information on Mbare, please click here.

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