HARARE – The City of Harare is the dirtiest capital city in southern Africa and the city fathers are anti-tourism, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive officer Karikoga Kaseke told the Daily News this week.
Kaseke said coupled with the dirt, most roads leading to high density areas from the city centre are potholed to an extent that motorists cannot negotiate their way.
“All sides of roads in Harare have been buried in tall grass and you wonder what kind of a council you have that cannot even cut grass along the roads.”
The ZTA chief executive who was recently awarded the Mega Fest CEO of the Year award had no kind words for the city fathers whom he said have also neglected the newly-commissioned Airport Road in Harare.
“The government constructed us the Airport Road and gave it to us but what do you have now? That road is filling with litter…there is litter everywhere from where it begins to the airport. Some of the street lights are now not working.
“In other countries you find workers cleaning that road every minute, you need to visit other countries to see for yourself how things are.”
He added that the city fathers are always in other countries on business visits but they do not learn anything while there.
“They have been to Singapore which is by far the cleanest but they do not learn. Cities in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Malawi are so clean (that) you are amazed at the glitz. Kigali for instance is the Singapore of Africa.”
Kaseke said Harare was once a model city, hence the name Sunshine City.
“In the 1980s Harare used to be clean until 1985 when standards began to fall and in 2000 we had lost it completely.”
The ZTA chief said the country’s tourism will not bear fruits if Harare and Bulawayo are dirty.