We should sympathise with vendors: Mayor

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BY MOSES MATENGA

HARARE mayor Bernard Manyenyeni has conceded that the increase of vendors in the city had overwhelmed council and that Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo was working on a lasting solution to the matter.

Manyenyeni on Tuesday toured the city centre and interacted with vendors, concluding that they were not “wild” people.

Manyenyeni said council should sympathise with vendors as their coming into the city centre was not out of choice, but failure by central government to address their plight.

“I concluded that they are not wild as some would want to believe. I admit the city centre has been overwhelmed because they have taken their wares to the streets and in some instances leave a distance of 30 or so centimetres and making it difficult for traffic and movement of people,” he said.

“They close pavements, but let’s negotiate with them. Those are short-term arrangements until a vending place is realised. Vending booths should also be put on strategic areas.”

Manyenyeni added: “The city has been overwhelmed, the economy has pushed vendors to these levels, but the minister is working on an arrangement. My conclusion (after the tour) is that they have been forced into such circumstances. Its little business and those people are competing with each other.”

The Vendors’ Union of Zimbabwe says there could be over 100 000 vendors in Harare.

“Twenty one months after staging the historic electoral theft, the regime has not managed to create a single job; at least within the formal
sector,” said MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu.

“Documented evidence clearly shows that at least 300 workers are losing their jobs every week in the formal sector. Companies are closing on a daily basis and the few businesses that are still in operation are downsizing and retrenching on a massive scale. As a result, thousands of young men and women have now flooded the informal sector as street vendors.”

Zanu PF MPs recently called for the removal of vendors from the streets of Harare.

“The majority of the vendors will promptly vacate the streets if they can secure alternative employment in the factories and in industry and commerce,” Gutu said.
MDC Renewal spokesperson Jacob Mafume said: “The vendors cannot go anywhere. They came into the streets because they have nowhere to go. They do not enjoy this hustling at all. All they want is work.

“What is frightening is that Zanu PF has no policy for them but to unleash them on to the unsuspecting streets anyhow and anywhere, even in front of businesses paying rentals and taxes. That chaos will not benefit the country.”

9 COMMENTS

  1. Of course they are not ‘wild’. They are just desperate to survive. Manyenyeni you are a fool.

  2. The only lasting solution is to revitalise the economy, industry to open.I still have never seen a country which has deveoped because everyone is a business man, maybe someone can give one in the world.

  3. I hope parliament will also downsize and maybe have one Mp per district and one Minister per ten portfolios.

  4. Revitalizing the economy will take years with the caliber of people that we have in government. They only think of themselves. This problem of street vending will continue considering the number of University and Polytechnic graduates being produced every year. Tirikutandanisa mhepo muZimbabwe kana tikaibata nhamo yedu ndipo paichapera

  5. Mxxxm what a lie. He should be honest and explain that the City council is collecting money from these vendors, if he feels so sorry for them then why not allow them to sell their wares for free?

  6. Ofcourse they are ‘so wild’ mr. mayor. given the kinds of ‘wild’ products they sell and the way they sell them. thats so so wild to express it.

  7. …give people jobs. i cant believe this mayor took so long to take a walk in the streets of harare. where has he been. so detached from reality and one wonders wht he does on daily basis that we still have that situation in harare? of course, the CBD is overwhelmed and so what? that party zpf promised 2000,000 jobs….and the people that voted are the ones on the street after all and this is what we voted for. zimasset, land reform and indigenisation for empowerment and employment creation.

  8. well,…give people jobs. i cant believe this mayor took so long to take a walk in the streets of harare. where has he been. so detached from reality and one wonders wht he does on daily basis that we still have that situation in harare? of course, the CBD is overwhelmed and so what? that party zpf promised 2000,000 jobs….and the people that voted are the ones on the street after all and this is what we voted for. zimasset, land reform and indigenisation for empowerment and employment creation.

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