HARARE City Council yesterday said politically-connected space barons have invaded several parts of the capital’s central business district (CBD), collecting thousands of dollars from vendors.
In a statement, ward 16 councillor Denford Ngadziore, who is also the council’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) committee chairperson, said the invasion was both criminal and illegal.
“During the festive season politically-connected space barons have invaded Harare (CBD) Fourth Street bus terminus meant for travellers using buses and kombis. The space barons have erected illegal flea markets and container tuckshops riding on political affiliation,” he said
“This is the same situation throughout Harare, especially Harare South near Boka along Beatrice Road. We have been advised that the space barons are planning to take over Market Square Bus Terminus and Copacabana Rank.”
Contacted for comment yesterday, Ngadziore claimed the space barons were linked to Zanu PF.
“What I am talking about is obvious that the space barons are connected to Zanu PF,” he told NewsDay.
Zanu PF Harare provincial chairman Goodwills Masimirembwa, however, dismissed the allegations.
Government recently admitted to the politicisation of major markets in Harare Metropolitan province.
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