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    CBD deserted as Chiredzi TC introduces pre-paid parking fees


    MORRIS BISHI

    CHIREDZI BUREAU
    CHIREDZI – Chiredzi Central Business District resembles a ghost town following the introduction of pre-paid parking fees early this month.
    There are few cars in the town as motorists shun parking areas and leave their cars elsewhere.
    Chiredzi Town Secretary Charles Muchatukwa confirmed the situation. He said that although he is yet to receive a report on how things are running, there is visual evidence that motorists now prefer parking their vehicles at places that are outside the clamping zones. 
    He said the introduction of pre-parking discs has managed to decongest the CBD.
    "I am yet to receive a report on revenue figures collected since its launch early this month. I can confirm that we are now seeing very few vehicles parked in town. Some are leaving their cars outside town but as council we will continue to enforce by-laws and ensure motorists pay for parking," said Muchatukwa.
    Businessman Joel Madzikanda said he is among the motorists who are parking their vehicles at clamping-free zones. He said residents are still skeptical about council considering factors about their relationship with the previous councilors and are not eager to sacrifice their money. He also said this will be cleared after hearing the vision of the new council.
    Many motorists who spoke to The Mirror said the economy is hitting them hard making it unaffordable to pay for parking a vehicle. They said they need a long period for them to get used to it. 

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