Police, vendors’ fight rages on

HARARE central business district resembled a war zone yesterday as police continued to engage in cat-and-mouse chases with vendors and rogue commuter omnibus crews.

BY EVERSON MUSHAVA

Trucks full of police details were patrolling the city all day, throwing teargas on pockets of suspected vendors running away from the law enforcement agents trying to push the illegal merchants out of the city to contain the cholera outbreak.

The virulent, stone-age disease has so far claimed 49 lives out of the over 6 000 reported cases.

There were several trucks, giving reinforcement to municipal police officers driving away the vendors as well as targeting commuter omnibus crews operating at illegal pick-up points.

Teargas contaminated the air, with innocent motorists and pedestrians being caught in the crossfire.

“The situation is very bad. I am now suffering from influenza due to the teargas,” one shop owner told NewsDay Weekender.

“There are always many trucks, numbering over five, patrolling in a convoy with police officers throwing teargas at any group of people they suspect to be vendors,” his shop keeper interjected.

Even commuters were not spared, with police throwing teargas canisters each time they found them waiting for kombis at undesignated sites.

“They (police) told us that if we go to undesignated commuter omnibus ranks, no kombis will come to those illegal pick-up points and they are also targeting us, forcing us to go to the designated pick-up points,” one commuter said.

The joint operation between the Zimbabwe Republic Police and municipal police is set to continue until the vendors have moved out of the streets, according to authorities.

5 Comments

  1. Thank you zrp and municipal police for the sterling work you are doing teach these teach these nuts vendors a lesson for the next 6 months

  2. This is barbaric and the vendors must fight back after all they are more than the zanu gangsters pretending to be police officers .If they is a fight serious one then govt will find a better solution for this issue .

  3. The solution is to resuscitate the industry to absorb the majority who are unemployed. The industry can only be resuscitated thru serious farming. Those who grabbed farms what are they doing??? Nothing. Mnangaza should walk the talk and extirpate the lazy indigent indigenous farmers. Farming needs pple who are serious. Pple with deep pockets. Pple who are prepared to be on the farms 24/7. The same politicians are doing nothing yet they have multiple farms. YOU CHASED THE GOOD WHITE FARMERS AND LOOK NOW, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS HIGH. THE VENDORS ARE FLOODING THE CITIES AND TOWNS. CHASING VENDORS IS NOT THE SOLUTION.

  4. Your Name (required):Special Black

    True Zimbabwe vendors go to disgnated places. We want Harare to be clean. With this new admin I think all white, black and yellow farmers are welcome, we need all races to participate in agriculture. The thinking of Zimbabweans now is sharp and peaceful. Only those who always want to see us fighting instigate the fight.

  5. I dont like ZanuPf but thank you for chasing vendors and all those loitterers out of CBD…Thank you …I dont care what MDC thinks …kana pamba paita nzara hazvina kunzi rasai hunhu.moitira humbwa pese pese..KWETE…How come 2008 things were worse than this but we never witnessed this …Imhosva yaGrace ndiye akadeedza mavendor…hamuzivi kuti kubvumidza vanhu vanonotutana kumaruzevha…toshaya kuti maPHD makaita ekunhonga here

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