The Harare City Council has accused the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) of derailing its programs to collect rates from informal traders due to the constant arrests of traders.
The Committee on Small and Medium Enterprises the during its committee meeting.
“The continued arrests of vendors operating at
some of the designated sites by the ZRP has become a setback in the day to day cash collection.
“Efforts to resolve the issue through engagement with the Zimbabwe Republic Police has proved futile, ” it said.
The Committee noted that cash inflow is expected to increase as more vending sites are being identified to accommodate vendors who were displaced after the demolition of illegal vending sites.
For the period under review, the Acting Director of Housing and Community Services reported that revenue collection had remarkably increased from $779 421.00 (May 2020 collections) to $1 069 279.00 during the month of June 2020.
This was despite the slump in business activities as a result of COVID-19 lockdown.
The closure of Mbare Musika Bus termini as a precautionary measure to avert the imminent spread of Covid-19 disease was cited as having negatively impacted on the City’s revenue collection and Council cash inflows.
In effort to increase revenue Council is currently identifying alternative market sites.
Such sites will be exempted from destruction.