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Council to eliminate subletting at Mupedzanhamo

By Takunda Mandura

Harare City Council has authorized the conversion of Mupedzanhamo Flea Market from the current monthly stall leases into daily leases as a way of eliminating subletting of stalls.

Most people who hold leases for stalls at Mupedzanhamo have generally been subletting these stalls at a premium to desperate traders who will be looking for space to sell their wares.

According to the council, allocation of vending stalls in Mupedzanhamo will now be done daily under the first-come-first-serve basis thereby eliminating subletting of stalls.

Minutes from the city council’s Informal Sector Committee dated 24th June 2019 revealed that council authorized the construction of a receipting office at Mupedzanhamo Flea Market and collection of daily payments for stalls on site.

Council has also authorized a proposed charge of ZW$8 as a temporal lease for traders occupying Council open spaces except for the Central Business District.

The table below shows the anticipated revenue increase that will be realised if Mupedzanhamo Flea Market is converted to daily payments.

 

No.Of Units Tariff ($) Monthly

Potential ($)

No. OF Units Proposed Daily Charge

(Tariff)

($)

Monthly Potential Variance %Increase
76 90.00 6 840      _     _     _    
1442 68.00 98 056 1518 5.00 227 700    
Total   104 896     227 700 122 804 117.07%

 

The Informal Sector Committee expressed the need to repair the dura wall at Mupedzanhamo market so that vendors would use one point of entry and exit in a bit to avoid leakages and increase the revenue collection.

As revenue collection strategies, the committee has also proposed to introduce robust internal controls and check in revenue collection and plugging off revenue leakages (computerization of all revenue collection system) and maintaining full control of council’s markets by eliminating space barons and updating markets database in order to establish revenue potential.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He writes for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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