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Vendors invade proposed market site


As the Harare City Council steps up efforts to construct Mupedzanhamo Phase 2, there is growing concern over the invasion of the open space where the market is expected to be constructed, by more than 600 illegal vendors. The vendors are already using the space without the municipality’s tacit consent.
Councillors on Thursday expressed unease over the activities of a known Zanu PF activist and council worker Onismor Gore, whom they accused of illegally giving away council land to people aligned to his party.
The proposed construction of Phase 2 of the market was welcomed by prospective vendors, who said the development would free them from the dependency on the old market, controlled by Zanu PF members.
Councillor Friday Muleya said he was surprised after learning of the invasion by unlawful vendors.
The vendors claim to have secured the tenancy through an unidentified office.
“The district environmental officer on Monday told me that there people already at the market numbering at least 600. I don’t know how they acquired the place without council knowledge.”
Muleya was supported by Ward 3 councillor Paul Gorekore who blamed Gore for the rot in the allocation of the market stalls.
“Our own Onismor Gore is a problem but we keep him in the council. He allocates market stalls to people in different wards and we wonder why he is not being dealt with,” he said.
Ward 43 councillor Panganayi Charumbira asked whether the council was not able to curtail Gore’s defiance of laid down procedure.
Reports of Zanu PF activists intimidating prospective vendors at council market were rife and efforts by the city fathers to restore normalcy have been thwarted by Zanu PF youths.
Councillor Charles Nyatsuro said council was moving in to “depoliticise” operations at Mupedzanhamo market, where suspected individuals and top government officials were allegedly sub-letting stalls and paying a few dollars to council.

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