The Marondera Municipality says it will not rush to destroy trading places for SMEs and informal traders as directed by the Ministry of Local Government.
Marondera Mayor, Councilor Chengetayi Murowa said they are going to meet with councilors and the management to come up with a workable arrangement in implementing the directive.
“As a local authority we are not just going to rush and implement the directive without meeting and discussing the way forward, remember this has to do with peoples lives so there are a number of issues to be put into consideration”.
Murowa added that they have a few illegal structures in the town after they embarked on a similar exercise earlier in January.
” As you maybe aware early this year we destroyed all illegal structures especially those at the main bus terminus so in other words we can say we are actually ahead of this program as we were now in the process of reorganizing workplaces for the smes and informal traders”, he said.
Marondera municipality destroyed illegal structures on the 2nd of January this year following a full council resolution of the 11th December 2019.
The demolition exercise saw destruction of all structures including some which had become heavens for illegal foreign currency dealers.
The Ministry of Local Government and Public Works has since sent out another directive ordering Councils to stop demolitions following a High Court order barring the same.
The order was obtained after informal traders from Chitungwiza filed a case against the demolitions.