The City of Harare (CoH) has advised owners of illegal structures such as tuckshops to remove them before February 18, 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, a high-density suburb, and the move to other areas. The COH said:
The 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.
To avoid doubt, tuckshops remain prohibited and any person operating a tuckshop, whether within their residential stand, in a public open space or on a 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 extends to other suburbs thereafter.
Residents are urged to get all their building stages approved and to commence construction work once their building plans have been approved.
Evidence on the ground shows that 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.