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Vendors, forex dealers back in town

File picture of vendors on the street in Zimbabwe (Picture by Kudakwashe Hunda)
File picture of vendors on the street in Zimbabwe (Picture by Kudakwashe Hunda)

About a month ago, President Robert Mugabe ordered authorities to flush out the vendors and other informal traders from the Harare CBD, arguing they were a menace, making the capital filthy and chaotic.

Since the 93-year-old leader’s decree, law enforcement agents and vendors have been involved in endless running battles.

“When I arrived from South Africa, I heard that Harare is now dirty with vendors now everywhere, even streets which were given names such as (Julius) Nyerere and (Robert) Mugabe are now covered with dirt. Some vendors are selling their wares during the night so that they cannot be arrested,” Mugabe said.

But despite being declared persona non grata, the vendors remain defiant, arguing they have no other forms of livelihood due to the high unemployment levels in the country.

National Vendors Union of Zimbabwe leader, Sten Zvorwadza, said “I said it before that Mugabe doesn’t have the capacity to remove vendors, we know that our evil government has the capacity to beat and kill us but he can’t chase us from the streets — it’s a matter of our survival. Even if they come with bombs and guns they will not remove us from the streets.”

“We are not going anywhere. We are in the streets because of poor economic management. We say to the government give us jobs and we will not continue to be in the streets. We are a creation of the government’s economic policies,” he told the Daily News.

Recently, Zvorwadza held a meeting with disgruntled vendors, touts and foreign currency dealers and resolved that they will remain on the streets.

“We resolved that we must remain in the streets so we are simply doing what we have agreed. We cannot be chased away from the street by people who are living well while we are struggling to feed our families.

“The government must accept the real situation on the ground and start to craft policy which protects all vendors.

“We are appealing to the government to listen to many Zimbabweans who are crying in the streets for a voice of reason. We have taken up innovative ways to create jobs and fight poverty through the informal community.”

However, Harare City Council spokesperson, Michael Chideme, said the operation has been a success and they will continue chasing away illegal vendors.

“The operation is going on well, the number of street vendors has been reduced people are very happy because they can now move freely in the CBD.” Daily News

  • leave them alone. concentrate on your political instability and change that is about to happen

  • They have no choice

  • Goverment should stop abusing people pleople are wat makes a country instead of wasting energy and tax payers money abusing the poor a lot can be done to try help them we are sick and tired of dictatorship mgabe pllllz free zimbabwe

  • Saka mukuda kuti vanhu vaite sei iwo mabasa aripo muZim arikuona government ichiita sevana veku creche

  • Mxxxxxxxm leave the’re hungry

  • Mugabe is pushing for a civil war and if thats happens he is going to flee away with his family and leave zimbabwe in a total chaos.

  • why busy with sme pipo tries to earn a living , they must lk at SRS pro the country facing

  • Tengesai zvenyu imi nyika ndeyenyu itai zvamunoda coz hakuna mabasa ,ndiro basa racho iroro

  • For the past weeks the streets where clean and convinient to walk…but due to corrupt officers…the vendors have now managed to unlock thr code to outclass the law inforcers…a terrible occurence…Harare is now a big vending city!!!!.

    • Is harare a big vending city bcoz of the corrupt officers or bcoz of a government which is selfish n not addressing to the cause of the problem here?these officers are also the victims of this system so let them do what they can do to feed their families the government must stop

  • its hw they earn a living..keep on guys #Hustlers

  • The only way they can win this war is to create employment for us pasina izvozvo tichaaswera muka streets tichi tsvaga bag

  • The only way to end vending is by reviving the industry,u won’t see any vendor,they will go to work not when the country is like this,it is the only way for them to survive

  • Nobody wish to be a vendor bt situation forces to be vofa nenzara hre imi muchiguta mdzimba dznyu ..

  • the success of entrepreneurship contribute to the developmnt o the economy #Just saying…

  • Apana yekutamba zvinhu zvakaoma

  • Varegerereyi hondo dzacho dzawandisa dzavarikurwa

  • Varegerereyi hondo dzacho dzawandisa dzavarikurwa

  • It’s becoz they want to survive nd feed their families

  • Kana varega voitei kusina mabasa

  • Thats the least of the problems now

  • Never was it the solution to chase the vendors off the street.

  • Empower ,indegnise ,create employment,ndoozvirikungoitwa nevanhu,handiti ndimi makadaro

  • Ndizvo zvikuita kuti vana vaende kuchikoro izvozvo nawo mapurisa acho vakapinda chikoro nemari yemusika

  • Vote no to mugabe

  • its not that they (vendors) like it but its the only “employment” that ZANU pf “created”

  • its not that they (vendors) like it but its the only “employment” that ZANU pf “created”

  • its not that they (vendors) like it but its the only “employment” that ZANU pf “created”

  • So wta

  • So wta