Our capital city is one in tatters, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit annual survey of such rankings.
Harare is number 6 in the ten least liveable cities in the world. African cities dominate the list (sadly), and these are Lagos (Nigeria), Tripoli (Libya), Douala (Cameroon), Dakar (Senegal), Algiers (Algeria) and us. Other cities that are difficult to live in are Karachi (Pakistan), Damascus (Syria), Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea) and Dhaka (Bangladesh).
The factors considered for the least liveable cities include crime, civil unrest, terrorism or war.
It’s worrying that our capital city finds itself on such a list. Being called the Sunshine City, it’s not befitting for Harare to be on such a list.
But then it is a wake up call for the city fathers and the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to start taking appropriate action for changing the status of the city.
The city is a mess, and something must be done about it.
It’s not desirable for our city to be synonymous with such rankings.
On the other hand, the most liveable city in the world is Vienna (Austria) followed by Melbourne (Australia. Other cities that are most liveable include Calgary (Canada), Vancouver (Canada), Osaka (Japan) and Copenhagen (Denmark).