Mbare project to go ahead

Businessman Alex Mashamhanda has vowed to continue with plans to construct his Mbare service station and food-court.


“We have been facing financial problems, but the project is still on,” Mashamhanda told The Zimbabwean. Construction of the$200,000 project, which employed 100 Mbare residents, met with resistance from senior Zanu (PF) officials and supporters who accused the businessman of bankrolling MDC-T and acquiring the land in a non-transparent manner.

“We hope the problems that we encountered before are now a thing of the past as it is now clear that the stand belongs to us,” he said. The development is located between Matapi Police Station and Cripps Road to the north, with Mukuvisi River to the east.

Former Mayor of Harare, Muchadeyi Masunda, wrote to Mashamhanda last March advising him that he could proceed with construction after obtaining an Environmental Impact Assessment Certificate.

The prominent businessman, who also owns MT & N Distributors and Mashwede Diesel Services, had threatened to sue the city council for loss of profit after local government Minister, Ignatius Chombo, claimed that the project had breached Section 37(4) of EMA Act. Chombo said the plot was better reserved for the expansion of the Zimbabwe Republic Police Station.

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