Council Bureaucracy Stalls Construction of a Crèche for 28 Years

Warren Park residents are up in arms with the local authority for failure to complete construction of a crèche in nearly three decades. The state of art building which is meant to provide early childhood learning has become ruins due to neglect and turned into hide out for prostitution and other deviant practices. Residents allege that construction of the building started and ended in 1992.

Rooms of the “ruins” of the building have been flowered by human faeces, used condoms while other places are watered by urine.

Residents who spoke to CHRA vowed that there were not going to pay rates until construction of the crèche resume. “What is disturbing is that this building has been prioritised on Council budgets but there hasn’t been traction on the construction of the crèche so why pay rates we have been paying since 1992 but nothing is materialising.” Said an angry women.

Councilor Mhetu of Ward 15, Warren Park stated that “What is affecting the construction of the crèche is that it was budgeted in RTGS which is unstable and also the bureaucracy in council has been derailing purchase of material to construct the building.”

The Local Councilor went on to explain that a council resolution was made that beer levy from breweries will be used to finance social amenities. The failure to construct the crèche in 28 years come at a time when they are allegations of misuse and misappropriation of public funds within the Harare City Council.

Mr Mhlanga a senior citizen lamented that, “we are really grieved by non-development of the crèche, our grandchildren have nowhere to attend affordable school, private crèches are charging in United States Dollars which we cannot afford.”

Parents with school going children are forced to send their infant children outside Warren Park D and some even attend as far as Kambuzuma where there are affordable Council crèches.

CHRA warns the City of Harare that failure to expedite and implement Council resolutions will create resistance among residents and failure to complete construction project in 28 years is unacceptable.

Source: Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA)

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