HCC officials clash over Rufaro Stadium chaos

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  • Vendors invade Rufaro Stadium environs, turning it into an informal market
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HARARE City Council (HCC) is divided over the chaos unfolding at Rufaro Stadium, where the stadium’s carpark has now been turned into an informal market by some vendors.

Authorities at the municipality have not taken any action to remedy the situation, with the illegal parking and selling of potatoes from lorries in the parking area at the Stadium now the order of the day.

The city fathers have previously said there was an urgent need to repair the pre-cast wall around the parking area in order to facilitate the enforcement of appropriate action.

HCC Finance and Development Committee chairperson Luckson Mukunguma said space that has been turned into vending areas at Rufaro Stadium should be formalised, in the process creating a semblance of sanity in and around the vicinity.

Instead of confisticating their wares, let us formalise them and start charging them for operating at the Rufaro premises.

“These people are operating in the carpark and l see no problem if council levies them because as it stands, the system of confiscating leaves room for our officials to engage in corruption,” he said

Mbare ward 16 Councilor Denford Ngadziore, however, opposed the move, saying it would reduce the city into a laughing stock.

For us to sit down and gazette that lorries be allowed to come and sell their potatoes at Rufaro Stadium premises, we would reduce ourselves to nothing as decision-makers,” he said.

Rufaro Stadium has been condemned and deemed unsuitable to host international soccer matches, with the ground even omitted for inspection when the world’s governing football authorities, Fifa, were having a tour of soccer stadiums in Zimbabwe.

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