The Ministry of Local Government and Public Works has given a four-day ultimatum to individuals occupying road servitudes and traffic intersections to vacate and remove their property.
In a statement, Harare Metropolitan Province’s Development Coordinator, Mr Muguti said the laws prohibited trading on the roads. Pindula News present the statement in full below.
PRESS STATEMENT ON THE TRADING ON ROAD SERVITUDES AND TRAFFIC INTERSECTIONS
The Provincial Development Directorate for the Government in Harare Metropolitan Province has noted with great concern the rising number of unregistered informal traders of furniture, bricks, sand, quarry stones and car sales businesses operating along road servitudes. We hereby inform all occupants of road servitudes that they have until Sunday the r of June 2021 to vacate and remove all their property, vehicles and destroy any infrastructure erected on road servitudes.
The Roads Act clearly states in Section 48 (Trading on roads and in restricted areas) (1)
(2) that it is prohibited to trade on roads unless with written permission from the Road Authority. It is also stated in sub section
(3) that any person who does so shall be guilty of a level eight offence subject to a _fine or imprisonment_ not exceeding two (2) years. The Zimbabwe Republic Police, the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development and all respective local authorities namely City of Harare, Chitungwiza Municipality, Ruwa Local Board and Epworth Local Board shall therefore enforce a Province-wide joint operation from Monday the of June 2021. Furthermore, we shall be requesting the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) to immediately investigate all council officials who issued irregular authorizations for car sales and businesses to trade in road servitudes. All local authorities have also been instructed to institute internal investigations and verify all leases issued on behalf of council. In the interim no further leases should be issued affecting road servitudes. We have also noted with concern statements and videos circulating on social media of politicians and activists intimidating Town Clerks whilst encouraging resistance, lawlessness and inciting violence complaining there are no council resolutions to enforce the Roads Act. We encourage such people not to be ignorant but to actually know and respect the law including council by-laws. We do not need council resolutions as Government to enforce the law, we expect councils likewise to enforce all laws of the land within their localities. Harare Metropolitan Province now has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy on lawlessness, corruption and intimidation of officials.
Please be guided accordingly