Army gives vendors ultimatum

THE country’s security chiefs yesterday ordered street vendors operating at undesignated sites in all urban areas to vacate by Monday next week or face unspecified action.

BY MOSES MATENGA

Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo and commander of the Presidential Guard Brigadier-General Anselem Sanyatwe told journalists in Harare the security forces would come hard on those resisting the order.

Sanyatwe said the security forces had decided to intervene and restore order in urban areas, especially Harare, after vendors had invaded all open spaces in the city centre.

“We are happy you brought the chefs from vendor organisations. I want to warn you, we don’t want to chase each other. We have the powers. Go and address your people and tell them to go to designated places,” Sanyatwe said.

Harare Provincial Affairs minister Miriam Chikukwa, who chairs the Joint Operations Command (JOC) in Harare, repeated the warning to vendors.

“As JOC chairperson, I reiterate if anyone is seen on the other side of the law, you will have yourself to blame,” she said.

JOC is a grouping of security forces including the army, Central Intelligence Organisation and police.

Chombo said the deadline applied to all vendors in other urban areas throughout the country.

The meeting was attended by several mayors, town clerks, chairpersons and officials from different cities and towns across the country.

Vendors have invaded open spaces in Harare leading to serious overcrowding on pavements and disruption of traffic.

Some vendors argue they were given the go-ahead to invade urban areas by First Lady Grace Mugabe.

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24 Comments

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  2. this shows that zimbabwe has become a failed military state.mugabe staged a civilian led military coup after he was defeated in 2008 and it has been the military keeping him in power since.
    as for these vendors they are just victims of circumstances and a failed economy where do you want them to go?cant you see the situation in the country.this is a recipe for disaster.

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    2. Do I see another military led murambatsvina? This time with even more unarmed and defenseless people? Xenophobia in RSA and murambatsvina book haram style in Zimbabwe? Cry the beloved country?

  3. @MaryRHopkins. Give me your buddy’s ex-wife so I can ‘sort’ her out nicely.

  4. Tendai Chaminuka

    Masoja kutaura zvakadaro.Chinonakidza ndeche kuti those who are running these stalls mababie avo.

  5. I think Zimbabwe can now be declared a failed state. Is there any rule of law when army becomes a decision making army? Who is the decision maker in Zimbabwe? How can decision making be done by by O levels? Is vending a security threat? Especially in a country where employment is only in army and police? These vendors were authourised by Grace Mugabe prior to their so called congress as approach to gunner support. As Zimbabweans let us open our eyes. This ZANU PF is after using us. Do we have designated places which can accomodate all vendors?

  6. Nation of sisis

    Just erect the Zanu pf flags on the vending sites and you wont be removed.

  7. Nation of sisis

    Just erect Zanu pf flags on the vending sites and you wont be removed. Also use cde stop it! pictures and wear Zanu regalia. No soldier will touch you.

  8. WILLARD MUBVUMBI

    How is the Army gonna do if they encounter the Mandimba ndimba vendors? Some few years back a 1 commando soldier was thoroughly and mercilessly beaten by the Mandimbas. As long as the mandimbas/mamonya are on the vending sites no soldier will touch them. Also, cde Stop it! gave the vendors powers. Who is gonna dispute that?

  9. Army vs First Lady. WE WAIT.. MONDAY WILL COME

  10. Some silly and irresponsible politician is going to advice the vendors to stay put instead of giving orders to stop it!

  11. There is nothing wrong with the statement from the army. MaZimbabwe we want a clean capital city. Order must return in the Sun Shine City. Please carry on with your operation. Harare is now looking like a Growth Point.

    1. Even if you remove vendors from the streets, which even the army do not have the means to enforce, Harare will never be the sunshine city it once was under the current militarized leadership?

      By the way vendors do not exist with no buyers. Why not target buyers instead? Remember the biggest forex trader during those days? Imbeciles?????

    2. Gumboreshumba

      Ko haisi growth point here?

      Presidential guard yakazoita iyo ZDF riini?

      PG haisi ZDF!

      Brig Gen, Sanyatwe garai maziva kuti mukatsika MuHarare, makwenya ndimi. Mukaridza chete tiri kudzorera ne moto. Wafa wafa muHarare, tangai tione!

    3. Gumboreshumba

      Ko haisi growth point here?

      Presidential guard yakazoita iyo ZDF riini?

      Vane ma battalion, ne ndege ngani, kana Puma zvayo.

      PG haisi ZDF!

      Brig Gen, Sanyatwe garai maziva kuti mukatsika MuHarare, makwenya ndimi. Mukaridza chete tiri kudzorera ne moto. Wafa wafa muHarare, tangai tione!

  12. Am hoping to hear a response form the first lady!

    I certainly hope this is not a response to the HardTalk presenter on the crowding of the streets before his interview of Jonathan Moyo. When the British tell us our country is dirty we go berserk on our citizens, remember murambatsina!

  13. Don’t be stupid, Zimbabwe is a failed country, these vendors have no other choice because there are no jobs.I thought that was ridiculously obvious.

  14. No guys what is happening in Harare cannot be condoned, the military is right. Imaging if they had to send municipal police, the vendors would run rings around them and even thrash them. Order has to be restored otherwise the city will no longer be a city but one big slum. They can create places of vending within the empty lots in the city. This chaos has to stop before the city is destroyed, those who will oppose me know too that I am right.

  15. Jonso, to solve a problem you do not treat the symptoms but the root, or if you like the head? Bring back industrial productivity to provide livelihoods for these vendors and Harare goes back to its sunshine city status! Can you do that Jonso? I bet you cannot? If you can let me know.

  16. mafira kureva

    rhodesia , ian smith , roy welensky in black skin, etc, how can calculus of evictin vendors ,warrant millitary intervention , u should be responsible for myopic economic plannin , thez pple in city centre were suppose to be industrial sites. This brigadier does not know that citizens are his masters , how can he say he has nthing to do with vendors

  17. Ongorora chikodzero chaita musoro uteme, kusimbirira mhopo, mhopo iri kumusana asi ziso rinembonje.

  18. Handishame kuti chombo akazvifungira haana kupiwa go ahead naBABA vaMugabe .Chombo ngaa ongororwe. Anoda kukonzeresa. Toendepi

  19. i am suprised we continue to invest in the army and police to go against defensless mod .These people (vendors) are sustaining the lives of Zimbabweans . CHOMBO make sense .I await President’s comment on Monday Gushungo toramba takashinga

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