Govt avails funds for construction of a Mbare market stall

By Peter Chivhima

THE area around Shawasha grounds in Mbare is set for a major facelift after the government announced that it has secured funding to construct a shopping mall.

With Mbare’s informal trading space having depicted chaos for years, a major transformation is on the horizon after systems were activated for the construction of formal market stalls.

Vendors are currently operating in an unconducive environment characterised by disorder, dust and direct sunlight.

However, this is set to change after the Harare Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Senator Oliver Chidawu revealed that the central government has availed funds for the construction of formal market stalls through the devolution programme.

“The people you have seen here around will be removed from outside and will be housed in a market. We have obtained funds from our pension funds.

“We are in the process of appointing architects for the job of designing the market so that we will build a market that will cater for all the people. We have been given money by the Central government through devolution fund to revamp Mbare,” he said.

The face-lift of the Shawasha area is expected to bring relief to these informal traders who are always engaging in running battles with law enforcement agents for operating at undesignated sites.