Time Up for Police Roadblocks

By Munesu Nyakudya Many of the acute Covid19 restrictions that have been in place since March are all but removed now. All formal and informal workers have returned to their work stations and travelling without a letter is longer a hassle. Schools have opened and life has literally gone back to normal. Almost. However police…

ZACC Goes After Illegal Fuel Stations

OpenCouncilHRE Reporters The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) is reportedly set to descend on illegal fuel stations that have sprouted in Chitungwiza, this publication is reliably informed. According to a top Chitungwiza Council official, the anti-corruption body revealed its intention to clamp-down on the illegal fuel station following concerns that some council officials have been corruptly…

Aspindale: The Dangers of Political Stands

Correspondent The people of Aspindale 48&49 in Kambuzuma have suffered heinous acts last experienced during the liberation battle. Their cooperative leaders have slept in mountains hiding. Some of them have nursed broken limbs after receiving gruesome beatings from the police. During one visit to the area by this publication one cooperative leader was found nursing…

Chiwenga’s Election Suspension Questioned

Correspondent The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) has accused government of overstepping constitutional parameters in suspending elections. In a statement the organisation said the “move taken as a health emergency COVID-19 response undercuts Constitutional principles on freedom of expression and good electoral practice. “(It) curtails the independence of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) and Parliamentary…

How Council Budget Works

Correspondent Council is now preparing the financials for 2021 with budget consultations being done across the city. We have here reproduced an information write-up on the legal frameworks and operational structure for Council relating to budgets. MUNICIPAL BUDGETING: THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK Municipal budgeting is conducted in accordance with the Urban Councils Act (Chapter 29: 15)…

Murambatsvina Coming for Mbare Again

Correspondent The Harare City Council has begun giving notices of its intention to demolish all illegal structures in Mbare raising fears of another Murambatsvina. The notice by Council has warned that demolitions will be done by 5 October. The notice notified business owners operating in Mbare that their structures are also going to be demolished.…

Gvt Opens Small Window for Kombis

Correspondent The government has opened a small window for private transport operators to resume operations after amendments to Statutory Instrument 223. The instrument, the Public Health (Covid19) Prevention, Containment and Treatment has introduced allowance for operators to ply intercity routes. All they need to do is apply to the Commissioner of Road Motor who will…

Mbare Sinking in Sewage

By Mary Mundeya Increased sewage bursts in the highly populated Mbare suburb have become a cause for concern as residents are now living in fear of┬ádisease outbreaks. A site visit around Mbare showed this publication that the situation has now become very dangerously unhealthy as the sewage is everywhere. A disgruntle Ward 3 resident, identified…