MDC-T-run authorities rally behind vendors

OPPOSITION MDC-T-run local authorities have vowed to rally behind street vendors and resist any attempts by the Zanu PF government to forcefully remove them from the streets.

BY STAFF REPORTER

The resolution was made at a special MDC-T councillors’ meeting held on Saturday in Harare which was also attended by party leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

This came as the government at the weekend gave vendors until June 26 to relocate to designated vending sites or risk being pushed out by State security agents.

“As councillors, we were elected into office by the people and we recognise the hardships that our people are facing in the communities in which they live. In that regard, we salute the efforts that are being made by citizens to earn an honest living by operating as vendors and all other forms of small-scale enterprise,” read a statement from MDC-T councillors.

“It is our conviction that dialogue with all concerned stakeholders will enable us to reach amicable solutions to the problems that this upsurge in informal sector activity has caused.

“We do not believe in either coercion or the use of force and we distance ourselves from any declaration that seeks to draw our military or security services into confrontation with people who are not a threat to anyone.”

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5 Comments

  1. My question to these councils is how do an individual end up collecting vending rentals from vendors? Who owns vending spaces these streets, we have some bullies drinking large from vendors’ moneys which they collect everyday, how does this happen.

    My suggestion on vendors, e.g Harare, just close some streets and make them vending centers, the vendors will vend in the middle of these designated streets, closed to motor vehicles, and they live shop passages free.

  2. WILLARD MUBVUMBI

    There is no longer any ‘order’ in the country and am contemplating bringing my goats and sell them in either 4th street or 1st street. Its gonna be brisk business.

    1. You are so right, in Bulawayo you find nzungu, chibage, nyemba, mapudzi beign hipped and sold smack dead at the centre of town, right at B.C (the mall) but we have market areas. We need order PLEASE!!!

  3. The only govement can do is to create employment those vendors will vanish

  4. MDC at times is too antagonistic to reason. What is wrong with doing business at designated places?

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