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City parking hikes Gweru parking fees thrice in a week

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City parking hikes Gweru parking fees thrice in a week

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SYDNEY MUBAIWA 

MIDLANDS BUREAU

GWERU – City Parking has hiked Gweru Central Business District (CBD) hourly parking fees thrice in the last week.

The private parking company initially raised the fee from ZWL$6 500 to ZWL$7 600 last Wednesday before further increasing to ZWL$8 500 last Friday. The amount was then hiked to ZWL$9 400 on Tuesday. 

“This notice serves to inform the motoring public that on-street parking tariff in Gweru will be adjusted from ZWL$8 500 to ZWL$ 9 400 per hour with effect from Tuesday 16 January, 2024,” reads part of the City Parking notice. 

City Parking Public Relations Officer, Francis Mandaza said the hikes have been necessitated by the unstable foreign exchange rates. 

“These adjustments are characterized by the current prevailing unstable foreign exchange rates and we encourage the motoring public to comply with the parking fees,” he said.

Motorists have raised concern over the increments. Some alleged that City Parking is fueling the black market rate in the Midlands capital through its unofficial rates. 

One driver, Innocent Jaya from Mambo suburb said Gweru City Council and City parking should patch potholes and draw visible parking lines before hiking fees. 

Council Public Relations Officer, Vimbai Chingwaramuse said the patching of roads in the CBD and road markings will be done once the rainy season is over. 

“We have been patching all the roads in the Central Business District and marking of parking bays will be carried out once the rainy season is over,” she said.

City Parking became operational in Gweru in 2021 and it paid ZWL$4. 5 million as parking dividends to the city. 

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