Harare City council almost razed down one of Harare’s, if not Zimbabwe’s most popular creative hub, Moto Republik today. According to reports, the City Fathers just showed up with their trucks and started pulling down structures, without even a court order.
It had to take the Mayor of Harare, Mr Manyenyeni himself to order the City of Harare’s Mafia to halt the demolitions.
Statement form Moto Republik below;
It is true that today, @cohsunshinecity had intention of demolishing Moto Republik, Zimbabwe’s first creative hub. The demolition was halted after the intervention of the Mayor of Hre & the failure of the police to present a court order. With all our paperwork in order, plans approved & fees paid,they are still determined to demolish Moto Republik by next week Thursday.Moto Republik is an inspiring space that came about as a response to a community who needed a space where they could meet,work & collaborate. It has given young creative entrepreneurs a platform to professionalize, network and collaborate on ideas that potentially take us forward.The space’s core purpose is about building community,inspiring positive progressive thinking & encouraging collaboration.Thank you to all our members & friends for the outpour of emotion & support. You are Moto Republik’s reason for being. In the mean time assist us in putting pressure on our elected officials, services & the Mayor to stop next week’s intended demolition.In the mean time assist us in putting pressure on our elected officials, services & the Mayor to stop next week’s intended demolition. #SaveMotoRepublik
According to sources the City Fathers used an ancient (1972) by-law that prohibits building with container structures thereby deeming parts of Moto Republik as illegal structures.
The City has since given Moto Republik a 7-day ultimatum to pull down their structure.