Demolish Mbare complex: Kasukuwere


By Helen Kadirire

Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere has said the Gulf Sunshine Bazaar shopping complex in Mbare must be demolished after it caused a flooding crisis.

Saviour Kasukuwere
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The complex — constructed along Simon Mazorodze Road — blocked drainage ways, leading to the flooding of adjacent homes by run-off water.

Affected residents had threatened to sue the Harare City Council (HCC) and demand compensation.

Residents along Mbirimi, Mwamuka and Chinamhora streets had thousands of dollars’ worth of property destroyed after the flooding during the just-ended festive period.

“The market shells along Simon Mazorodze have disturbed the residents. The water that usually flowed freely is now backwashing into their homes.

“That complex should be removed if it does not meet the Environmental Management Agency approval,” Kasukuwere said.

He said the complex, built to accommodate informal traders, “cannot exist in harmony with existing residents”, adding that instead of Mbare residents benefitting from it, their property was being destroyed.

He added that while council and his ministry had been working to relocate vendors from the streets, the designated sites were unfavourable for business.

“In more progressive countries they have models like that and I think a similar set-up can be done in Harare,” Kasukuwere said.

An angry resident who spoke to the Daily News said if council was sincere about fixing the drainage problem they should demolish part of the complex so that no more run-off water flows into their homes.

“Since they began building the complex in 2013 we have been experiencing these floods. This year was worse because our electrical gadgets were all damaged.

“Furniture and food stuffs were also affected,” Mbare resident Tracy Fisher said.

HCC spokesperson Michael Chideme said council had not yet contacted the complex contractors on the demolitions.

“We are doing corrective engineering solutions at the complex to avoid future flooding.

“We are also working together with the contractors of the complex,” he said.

The complex was supposed to have opened in June last year but has been lying idle due to lack of buy-in by traders.

Vendors have also slammed the complex arguing that it is not strategically positioned for business. Daily News

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  • sure kuisa mashops pakati pemugwagwa here

  • Iye akamboti zvivakirwe ipapo ndiyani dofo iroro

  • Since when has the government ever been concerned??? Some 1 was not given $$$$!!! Lol

    • Ushe

      Exactly! Coz my big question is why were they built in the first place!

  • payaivakwa zvaisawonekwa here.futi aipazwe kungohumanawo uko

  • is it my device or what? Newsday page looks like it’s not working

  • I actually agree… 😨

  • Majokosi amunomboita nehupenyu hwevanhu soooo,,,, nxaaaa

  • Yeah says the engineer, and obvious the demolition tender goes to wicknel what what and before it even begins chikore what what gets the one to reconstruct whilst gorereza supplies material.

  • It looked funny when i went home ,shops mumugwagwa mukuru

  • Good at destroying these thugs are

  • How much was spent there. U cant think of other plans to avert flooding. Do we hav learned people here. U spent millions on that project. Surely only to be demolished. I know it was a campaining stratedy but the but dont think before u act.

  • Tyson watanga futi,wainge uripi pakatangwa project iyoyo pamwe chete na engineer wako,all that in the DRAIN think twice ,remember our goals on ZIMASET

  • We r living in a state of anarchy

  • Are there city engineers.didn’t they do their homework before building.pawaipasisa project iyoyo waiti mvura ichaenda nekupi

  • As a Person Who did EİA,İ dont Think An EİA was Done for that project…………….For Any İnfrastructural Project PLİZ Dont Run From EİA

    • Project yevakuru zve from higher offices. Just like Long Chen built on a wet land

    • @Elvis Taura hako Becoz it was Obvious kuti the “SİTE” yacho Pakatoipa.With those “Busy Roads” Anotenga ndiani

  • Heee Hee tinobva H-town,muchamama ne TYPHOID

  • Someone must be fired!!!

  • I think all the engineers have left the zim to other countries for work, there are no engineers now, but you can still hire them on part time basis than to demolish.

  • It’s a funny farm (country )

  • Ndozvamunogona zvekuita demolish….Ko kufungei how to control mvura iyoyo isapinde mudzomba dzevanhu?????

  • Kkkkkk

  • Haiwa pavakambo bvumira kuti pavakwe vaifungei.

  • Murungu uya akabuda Mari kuti avake paya

  • So far ndozvandanzwa

  • no other less expensive ways like tunnelling? Really? OK go on I hope its insured

  • Tunnels should have been constructed before building besides people who developed those areaa had a reason for leaving that space manje ii these days kwakungoitwa yese yese.

  • We have useless engineering degrees at local,universities,fulstop

  • You should give us a opportunity to do a modeling for the storm water for you it’s possible to convey that water into nearby storm drains .

  • Who owns that good for nothing complex nhai ngaipwanywe kutsvaka kutsikisa vanhu nemota paya nonsense

  • Reloction come first and demolition must be the last but not the best , by dstroying those building you will be robbing us and future generation of our historic structures. Those structures means a lot to us ,take good care of them.

  • Maybe he wanted to say the ZANU PF complex of evil

  • Bloody thief

  • Ndezve kupenga izvozvo zvaari kutaura hazviite

  • Confused about this man, whatever he dreams he wants to be put into practice. Zviroto zviroto zvimwe nyararai mugare nazvo mumoyo

  • Ushe

    Ko ambovakwa sei in the first place.

  • Uku ndiko kupera kwenhau dzino tinadzo dzimwe nhau nenguva dza20:00

  • Une mari yekuzouvakisa futi here nhaiwe mupengo