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Maputo municipality in the Mozambican capital plans to clean up derelict and abandoned buildings in the KaMpfumu municipal district and give the city a new image by preventing them becoming a refuge for the homeless.
The urbanisation services are to register ruins, vacant spaces and empty lots and redirect their occupation, urging legitimate owners to rehabilitate real estate, occupy currently abandoned spaces and give use to empty lots.
Carolina Chemane, a councillor of the municipal district KaMpfumu, quoted today by Noticias says the municipality has been receiving complaints from city residents that many of these spaces have become places for illicit practices such as drug use, prostitution and defecating in the open.
Some 30 abandoned facilities have already been registered, but so far only five owners have come forward and must now present supporting documents.
“There are unfinished and abandoned factories, warehouses and buildings. Some are derelict buildings from previous eras, once grand but now in ruins,” the councillor says. “In addition to fostering crime, sites such as these also serve as garbage dumps.”
Chemane sees the problem as a major challenge because many places harbour malcontents who do not hesitate to attack unsuspecting citizens in the street, or house families that have to be relocated and resettled.Source: AIM