The Harare City Council has submitted a list of suspected space barons to the police as it seeks to bring order to various trading places such as Mbare Musika.
In a statement the Council said they wanted to reduce political interference at the place.
“Council has submitted the list of suspected space barons to the police for a free post-Covid19 trading freedom.
“Mayor Gomba says space allocation should be depoliticized and freed from space barons”, the statement says.
Council has previously engaged the Joint Operations Command (JOC) to assist it in collecting rentals at its Mupedzanhamo and Coca Cola vending sites.
The Mayor Herbert Gomba said they had been trying to collect revenue but failing due to political interferences which resulted in poor revenue collection percentages.
Mbare Musika has been known to be a ZANU PF fiefdom with space barons renting out their places to other vendors at exorbitant prices.
“We are raising concerns in terms of space barons who are preventing Council from collecting from certain parts of these facilities”, he said.
Council auditors have repeatedly noted how Council is failing to diligently collect its dues from lease holders and those renting its premises due to a variety of factors.
Currently it is owed nearly a billion RTGs.
Government owes Council US$30 million, churches $20 million and citizens $590 million.