Harare council seeks ways to work with vendors

HARARE - Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni has said the city is looking at ways to compatibly work with vendors who have invaded Harare’s streets.

Speaking at the sidelines of the launch of the carnival clean-up campaign last week,  Manyenyeni said a good relationship was needed between the local authority and vendors.

“We want to build a compatible relationship with vendors,” he said on the sidelines of an anti-litter campaign.

Manyenyeni’s statement comes as the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) and Treasury admitted that the informal sector had become a dominant force in the national economy yet trading laws remained hostile.

Zimra boss Gershem Pasi said the trading environment must be conducive for informal traders, so that they may contribute more to the country’s GDP (gross domestic product).

He said the current situation where municipal police had run-ins with vendors was retrogressive.

Meanwhile, Manyenyeni said the clean-up campaign should not be a one day event.

“We want sustainable cleanliness and are going to make sure the anti-litter laws are enforced,” he said.

Harare will be hosting the International Carnival from May 16 to 25. At least 21 countries have already confirmed attendance, according to the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA).

Mara Hativagone, ZTA board chairperson, said city cleanliness had become everyone’s concern as Harare needed to regain its Sunshine City status.

“Littering will not only contribute to urban blighting but the loss of competitiveness of Harare as an investment and tourism destination,” she said.

“On an encouraging note, I am informed that there are stakeholders and potential partners who are ready to assist by providing  and installing colour coded bins for the separation of waste at source whilst some are ready to adopt selected streets including First Street for upkeep,” she said.


Comments (1)

Vending is part of our informal sector, some of us have had the opportunity to attend school through vending The Job market is not so good and hence our underpriviledged resort to vending for survival, council must designate viable selling points for vendors to avoid the cat and mouse game eg in the city centre where traffic is dense, its risky for a vendor to dash towards moving cars avoiding arrest eg Chinhoyi street, its sad to see an old woman putting her tomatoes together in the middle of traffic as the only source of survival. it is positive for council to build a good relationship with the vendor, its a bit disturbing to note that a toyota brand new fortuner is used to chase an old woman selling tomatoes, the money spent on the vehicle is better spent on salaries of workers.

tichaona - 22 April 2014

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