Crackdown on vendors, forex dealers

HARARE - Harare City Council has launched a fresh crackdown targeting informal businesses being carried out on the city centre’s pavements.

The operation, code-named Regedzai, is targeting street vendors and foreign currency dealers.

Leslie Gwindi, the city’s spokesperson, says the blitz is a reaction to complaints raised by members of the public who feel street vending has become one of the capital’s biggest menace through obstruction of both human and vehicle traffic.

“We intend to have a sustained campaign against illegal street vending,” Gwindi told the Daily News.

“We urge all vendors to use designated vending sites, pay vending fees and adhere to the minimum regulations as espoused by the city vending by-laws.”

Fourth Street, Charge Office and Copacabana are some of the city’s designated vending sites.

Gwindi challenged shop and business owners in the CBD to take charge of their premises by barring vendors from hawking their merchandise outside their premises.

“The exercise is targeting fruit and vegetable vendors, airtime, CD, beverage and water vendors who stand in the middle of the road, road verges and on road islands,” Gwindi said.

“They also block pavements with their wares. Money changers are also targeted under the blitz
“Motorists have complained that the vendors block traffic and cause accidents while pedestrians insist the vendors have made it difficult to walk on the pavements.”

Several similar operations have been carried out in the past.

But due to limited job options in a struggling economy, the vendors have always found their way back.

The concerns are said to have been raised during the city’s budget consultations with ratepayers accusing the city fathers of failing to effectively deal with illegal activities.

“We call upon citizen participation for us to effectively respond to the concerns raised,” Gwindi said.

Council has plans to build new market places but the plans are being scuttled by a funding shortfall.

Comments (22)

What do you want those people to do stealing so that they can die in jail solve the macroeconomic problems and they will just go,like those ones who were selling sugar on the pavements please let them work

DAVID - 18 November 2013

zvozoitaseiko kana zvadaro? vofa nezhara here

rony - 18 November 2013

Operation Regedzai and then what Mr Gwindi? Its now 100 days after ZANU PF got into power and where are the jobs you pledged to create during this period. My you please explain 'Indegenise, Create, Empower'. VARUME LET THOSE VENDORS DO WHAT THEY ARE DOING OR YOU RISK THEM GOING TO GORONGOZA AND JOIN, TRAINED AS WELL AS EQUIPED BY DHLAKAMA. At least vending keep people busy. Create employment and seek kuti after that will you see them in the streets. Izhara iyo.

Shingi - 18 November 2013

Can someone please rush Leslie gwindi to a medical doctor before he gets worse. With an unemployment of 85% how do you expect those people to survive. I think the government for now must leave all the people who are doing informal jobs and concentrate on job creation. Once there are enough jobs they can then enforce those laws. How does this government expect people to survive, now jobs, no informal jobs, no houses, no electricity, no clean water, no democracy.

Asekuru - 18 November 2013

Those people in the streets are 'dirt' , a manifestation of the continued looting and plunder of public resources. You made your 'thorn' bed Mr Gwindi lie on it. This is one fight you wont win. Its not like cheating in the elections as your cheating part always does. This is now real life Mr Gwindi. Those people will need to eat everyday and this is one war that you will win. You will arrest them in their millions but more will come back as the economy continues to layoff people into the street. The solution is not arresting these people, but to provide them with a decent living wage. For your own info Lesley non of those people does what they are doing for fun. Its survival brother and this is one silent revolution that is going to eat all the big chefs. Mark my words Chef Gwindi

chisoro - 18 November 2013

Kunyanya vanotengesa zvima-CD ava noise. Paangofungira kuisa zimutumba re zhing z-zhong speaker mu street ndipapo ,defaulting at a very high ear piercing pitch, votanga kunyaudza vanhu vanenge vachizvifambira.

Makwadabada - 18 November 2013

In as much as we do not want these vendors putting up anywhere in the city but I do not think chasing and arresting them is the solution for a number of reasons. Firstly this hiding and seeking that the council are using has proven over years that it does not work. they have done it since time immemorial but the vendors have always come back with new tricks. At the moment in the country there are no jobs as a result people have sought other ways to utilize their time and survive hence more vendors have in the city. Rentals in the city are high so people cannot not afford to pay the rents from the money they are making. May Gwindi and team look put their brains to use and come up with better ways that will work well for the City council and the vendors and learn to live amicably. This operation Rengedzai is just a waste of time and money they are going to pay the municipal police, the money they could have put to better use. Those police are corrupt and some of them are the bosses of those vendors so they will just give each other chioko muhomwe and the vicious cycle will keep going. Wake up Gwindi Wake up or you are just making noise in the papers

Gwenaz - 18 November 2013

Cdes, any other city in the world has its By laws. Every citizen has to abide by these laws.. Where on the earth have you seen cities with vendors all corners. They should comply rather some critics should advise on what the council should do. Instead it should create a selling place for them like the one in the fourth street and down town kuya so that who ever is selling should have his/her own stall somewhere in down town not everywhere in the streets

Clemence Tashaya - 18 November 2013

pliz build market stalls then let them use them dont just say no unoda kuti vaendepi .

tau - 18 November 2013

The presence of vendors at every corner of the city is only a symptom of deeper underlying problems.Removing them will be like burning the whole house to flush out a rat.

Chemvere - 18 November 2013

true...how would they expect those people to survive thats the dumpest thing to do considering the state of the economy they should actually give those vendors more money to boost their businesses not chase them away....

mikey - 18 November 2013

kkkkkkkkkkkkk hokoyo ne Zanu pf hokoyo. BASOPO LO ZANU(PF) ndo sign yasara kuiswa pama street corner. kkkkkkkkkkk

vhavho - 18 November 2013

LETS FACE IT THOSE VENDORS ARE A MENACE MOST RAN AWAY FROM MINDA YAVO NOW THEY WANT TO RIMA MUMA STREET OF HARARE. KUREEEE

MAVENDOR MUCHAMAMA - 18 November 2013

Instead of arresting open the service lanes and let them work from there this applies even for flea markets. A lot of space has been closed down whereas in actual fact all the the closed service lanes can be used for production and this will also improve cleanliness once people start working in the lanes littering of the streets will significantly drop

Shumba - 19 November 2013

Leslie the first thing which we need to fix is the economy and street vending will disappear. I thought they are a menace too but I took a bit of time to reflect and say if he/she cannot do this how will he/she survive. These people do not pause as much danger to anybody as tauts who the council has failed to deal with. These are the only people I think should be taken off the streets because they are criminals anyway. yes they are see how the whistle when a woman passes by, see how they harass and cooperate to humilate passengers who would have felt shortchanged, they gang up against passengers and these are the people who should be cleaned off the streets. City of Harare can just designate a time frame for vending e.g tomatoes when people are going home, fruits during lunch hour, something like this will help. If that person has no food on his/her table because Leslie is high on bronco then it will be unfair to that person.

Maita Manyuka - 19 November 2013

Mr Clemence Tashaya, I think you lack advise in the sense that you are talking about bylaws in any city in the world, you seem to be missing the point here. Vendors are doing whatever they are doing because there are no jobs in zimbabwe. Enforcing of bylaws should start with defining the problem and providing a solution to the problem. We can't copy and paste what is happening in South Africa or in whatever country in Zimbabwe, that does not apply. it now calls for the city fathers to look for a long lasting solution to vending because chasing them away is not a solution under the circumstances but only triggers more problems like prostitution in the wake rampant HIV, STDs, stealing, possible terrorism, child abuse, rape because that's what idle minds does. so mr man don't just say no for the sake of saying no

zvazviri - 19 November 2013

Clemence Tashaya and Mavendor Muchamama (this name shows the brains of the writer anyway) you have to realise you are talking of an ideal city in Zimbabwe the situation is not ideal to enforce those by-laws. We need a holistic approach to the situation not this humptydumpty thinking. Yes anywhere in the world the cities have by-laws and must be followed but which cities are talking about, go to Lilongwe, Blantyre, Lusaka and you will realise what I am talking about. You will not get much street vending in Botswana cities and South African cities (mostly done by Zimbabweans anyway) because their economies are strong. We don't want to just think we have very poor people in South Africa because maybe the poorest in RSA is the average in Zimbabwe.

Maita Manyuka - 19 November 2013

Mr Clemence Tashaya, I think you lack advise in the sense that you are talking about bylaws in any city in the world, you seem to be missing the point here. Vendors are doing whatever they are doing because there are no jobs in zimbabwe. Enforcing of bylaws should start with defining the problem and providing a solution to the problem. We can't copy and paste what is happening in South Africa or in whatever country in Zimbabwe, that does not apply. it now calls for the city fathers to look for a long lasting solution to vending because chasing them away is not a solution under the circumstances but only triggers more problems like prostitution in the wake of rampant HIV, STDs, stealing, possible terrorism, child abuse, rape because that's what idle minds does. so mr man don't just say no for the sake of saying no

zvazviri - 19 November 2013

Leslie, This is one battle you are sure to loose. Hapana kana rigging ipapa. Iwe approach your Minsiter and discuss why vanhu vari pastreet vending. He in turn opira nyaya ku machef ake. Solution, they must save those companies ari kuvhara. otherwise paroad apa yave dyake dyake dhanzi remakudo.Each man forhimself God for us all. City fathers are just talking to be heard sevanosevenza.

Telescope - 19 November 2013

Leslie, don't operate like you don't know the economic situation in the country you were born and bred. you are not foreign to the economy of this country. you and your infamious party know very well why lots of people have turned to vending.

atz - 19 November 2013

Pamberi ne Zanu!!!!!!!!! We told you to vote wisely and remove these psycos but you ignored us. Chionayi manje Zanu yenyu yave kukumamisayi. Mamboti madii? Mucharira nemapapiro sehwiza.

Kachembere kekwaChivi - 29 November 2013

Pamberi ne Zanu!!!!!!!!! We told you to vote wisely and remove these psycos but you ignored us. Chionayi manje Zanu yenyu yave kukumamisayi. Mamboti madii? Mucharira nemapapiro sehwiza.

Kachembere kekwaChivi - 29 November 2013

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