Harare calls for order
12 September 2016
…as chaos continues unabated
The Harare City Council, battling to have order restored in the central business district, last week issued a ‘warning’ against all illegal activities
After calling for order but with no visible results; Harare City Council acting Corporate Communications Manager Michael Chideme said they had roped in the services of the police.
“Harare City Council is urging public transporters operating at the Copacabana Bus Rank to revert back to using the Coventry Holding Bay as a deliberate measure to decongest the city.
“The holding bay was set up to control traffic movement in the CBD and to free public space for use by other road users such as shoppers and visitors to the CBD.
“Transporters are carrying passengers from undesignated points in violation and disregard of traffic control signs and general road rules.
“Recently Government gazetted a law banning the carrying of commuters from undesignated points.
“Such spots have been correctly labelled with NO STOPPING and NO HITCH HIKING signs.
“It is illegal to carry passengers where No Stopping and or No Hitch hiking signs are erected and those found on the wrong side of the law will be arrested and fined,” said Chideme.
He added “owners of push carts are also urged to stop using them in the CBD as they are blocking the movement of traffic and entrance into shops in the city.”
Recently the acting Town Clerk Josephine Ncube also called for order, saying those “who are disregarding the law will be dealt with.
“Let me also warn commuter omnibus operators who are disregarding traffic laws in the belief that there are no laws governing their operations, that such activities will not be tolerated and enforcement teams will decent heavily on them.
“Most operators have not renewed their rank discs, they have abandoned their routes and some are picking and dropping passengers at undesignated points while some are parking their vehicles in the streets during off pick hours instead of using the holding bay.
“They must immediately comply with their permit conditions,” sternly warned Ncube.
But the situation in the CBD remains the same as chaos remains the order of the day.