The Moto Republik demolition saga has taken a new twist with the Harare City council saying they are investing the illegal approval of the Moto Republik site plans.
Despite garnering over 1800 online petition signatures, the future of Moto Republik, Zimbabwe’s creative hub hangs by a thread awaiting the demolition of the structures.
The management at Moto Republik has since engaged the Minister of Local Government Saviour Kasukuwere who promised to look into the matter.
But the City Council issued a statement on their Facebook page yesterday saying the approval of the structures raised eyebrows.
“Harare City Council is investigating circumstances which led to the pseudo-approval of building plans for Moto Republic – the creative hub located on number 3 Allan Wilson Avenue in Belgravia well after council had issued a demolition order compelling the building owners to stop construction work.
“When the council order was issued no development permit had been issued and the building plans had not been approved by council. Construction work was also not supervised by the city’s building inspectorate. The structure does not comply with the city’s model building bylaws.
“Moto Republic management avoided contacting senior management and chose to deal with lower level supervisors,” they said.
“There are however issues that are not in dispute. The land use (Creative Hub – Arts) is permissible in the area on condition it does not infringe on the peace and rights of neighbours and or abutting properties.
“Property owners around the Creative Hub have registered their displeasure with council over the structure which is disturbing the peace and quiet of the neighbourhood because of the huge numbers of people using the premises/road. People using the balcony are snooping on the privacy of the neighbouring properties,” said the city council.
They also said there is not enough parking space adding that the freight containers are for industrial and commercial zones where they are used as storage facilities.
Owners of the property have since been invited for a discussion on the conditions which they should meet for council to regularise the structure.