Vendors attack municipal police

BULAWAYO - A contigent of Bulawayo municipal police got a hiding from angry vendors  who pelted them with tomatoes and cabbages for attempting to impound their goods from an undesignated selling point along Bach Street.

In an interview with the Daily News, one of the affected vendors Hloniphani Dube, 24, said the chaos was provoked by the aggressive manner in which the officers used to seize their goods.

“We understand that the law enforcing agents are doing their job but they cannot throw the stuff we sell on the ground and treat us like we are not humans.  That is why we gave them a beating,” Dube said.

The municipal police arrived in a city council van, jumping out like army soldiers, rushing to grab
vendors wares prompting the fracas.

“That angered us and we retaliated throwing stones, tomatoes and cabbages on them until they fled,” he recounted.

He said one of the officers unfortunately was left behind by his colleagues when they took off.

“There is a notorious municipal officer who was left behind when his workmates ran away. While he was busy collecting our stuff, his colleagues took off.”

Dube said vendors alerted the public by deliberately shouting that a thief was on the prowl while pointing at him and he was severely assaulted until ZRP officers on patrol came to his rescue.

“Things got out of hand but I did not feel sorry for him because we try to survive through vending and they treat us like dirt,” he said.

Police confirmed the incident saying they managed to arrest one person from the scene.

They said another vendor was hit by a car along Lobengula Street while fleeing from municipal police last week.

A close source from the city council told the Daily News that the municipal police officer sustained some wounds from the attack and was treated at the hospital.

The incidents follow a number of complaints from vendors that municipal police have always charged aggressively at them when confiscating their goods.

Comments (1)

I have witnessed a similar incident in Mutare along Hebert Chitepo St where muncipal police take vendors wares and throw them in bins and smash them. At one point i kept staring at the police until they were embarrassed because these were old women trying to make a living. they forget that their mothers or aunties are doing the same selling to make a living. shame on these police. instead of catching thieves they go for vendors

tk - 5 February 2014

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