Harare hub, Moto Republik, given one week to remove creative structure. Why this is sad

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Harare based technology and arts hub, Moto Republik, has been given one week by the Harare City council, to take down their creative containers structure, or have it demolished.

Moto Republik has been one of the most visible tech & arts hubs locally, hosting a number of internet startups that work have offices there. It also holds various technology and arts related events for the harare community.

Earlier today, Harare Municipal police came to the hub and were about to start taking it down when the hub managers called the mayor of the city, seeking his intervention. The mayor came to the hub and halted the demolition. However, Moto Republik was given one week to demolish it themselves.

According to management at Moto Republik, the order to demolition is based on a 1974 law.  “Council officials say the structure is in violation of a 1974 bylaw. They have given Moto Republik one week to take down the containers,” they told Techzim.

According to Moto Republik, the concept behind their shipping container design to “showcase an innovative, cutting edge and eco-friendly” structure.

Here’s a video of the council about the takee the structure down.



What will be sad is to follow a 1974 bylaw just for the sake of adhering to it without considering the spirit of that bylaw. The progressive thing to do would be to do extensive checks to verify that the structure is safe for use. And if it is, maybe to update the archaic bylaw.

Moto Republik has been an oasis for your creative and technology minds in Harare. A place where young people can work together to create new stuff that provides entertainment, the economy some value, some employment and an opportunity for expression. While taking the containers down would surely not close the hub down, it frustrates positive effort in a country and city where it’s needed very much.


  1. Charles Muzonzini

    Who has given the one week deadline? iMayor rudzii asingazive zvirikuitwa nemapurisa ake??

  2. Gerald

    We need to wake up. Our councils and government are full of men and women who refuse to think progressively and it has spread to every aspect of our national behaviour. It has almost begun to loom like a national ethos: Thou shall not be progressive! Nxa

  3. chirandu

    the city council should check itself, and whether their buildings and structures comply with this ancestral and colonial by-law rather than try to extinguish the flame of innovative youth and their ideas.

    and can we please have sight of this order and we can appeal against or find legal ways to stale its enforcement. The mayor might need a little push to evoke his executive powers on this matter cause after seven days what happens next.

  4. Petros

    I smell a huge stinking rat! How many other structures around the city are disgusting in their construction and state of dilapidation!

  5. SirCodexofWedza

    Politics is at play.

  6. More of the Same

    Ha! It’s deflating this government of ours. This explains why industries close left right and center. This laws are invoked to foster corruption and hinder anyone else progress but their own. Bow down or I will destroy your dreams.

  7. Anonymous

    No one has even the quoted this bylaw. Can we have it here to those who have so that we can castigate the City Fathers with real facts and not emotions? Facts are what will save Moto Republik at the end of the day because the law doesn’t have any emotions.

  8. TSA – The Serial Analyst

    Can anyone who knows what this bylaw really says? We can only act or judge when we have the real facts. The law doesnt work with emotions but facts.

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