By Mary Taruvinga
THE Harare City Council is taking advantage of the prolonged lockdown period to spruce up its roads and other facilities.
Known for frustrating traffic jams, illegal taxi operators and uncleaned streets, municipal workers are working in the central business district (CBD), putting in place fresh road markings while some are removing garbage in blocked drainage systems.
The national lockdown has seen fewer vehicular and human traffic entering the CBD and council employees are easily carrying out their work.
In an interview with NewZimbabwe.com, Harare City Council spokesperson, Michael Chideme said the local authority resolved to take advantage of the ongoing lockdown to spruce up the capital.
“We took advantage of the lockdown because it’s easier to work when there are fewer people and traffic in town,” he said.
“We are not only working on road markings, we want the city to have an improved status beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. You will note that we are working with a skeletal workforce but it is our desire that the work will spill to various locations,” said Chideme.
The local authority has for years endured negative criticism for failing to provide efficient service delivery to its residents.
Most roads had become pothole infested with no clear street markings, making it difficult for motorists and pedestrians to navigate.
However, Chideme said there will be a lot of positive changes in the CBD when the lockdown is lifted.
Meanwhile, city council workers continue with their demolition of vending stalls in most high-density areas.
The action, which started in Mbare last week has been strongly condemned by various stakeholders as most people are now relying on vending for survival due scarce jobs.