Vendors outraged by new fee

HARARE - Vendors have expressed outrage at the new fees imposed by Harare City Council.

Speaking at a clean-up campaign organised by the National Vendors Union Zimbabwe, chairperson Sten Zvorwadza said the new fees were illegal.

Harare City Council last month introduced a daily fee that would see individual flea market operators paying $2 while fruit, vegetable, dried food, airtime and newspaper vendors will pay $1.

Zvorwadza said the fee was too high for people who sell small commodities that can be priced at as little as R5.

“What council is doing by confiscating our wares is illegal. They should allow us to ply our trade where we have always been operating,” he said.

He said vending was protected under Sections 14, 24, 57 and 64 of the Constitution.

Section 14 provides for empowerment and employment creation, section 24, for work and labour relations, 57 provides for the right to privacy and section 64 guarantees freedom of
profession, trade and occupation.

Zvorwadza said vendors were willing to work with council administration to come up with a way that is beneficial to both parties.

Daniso Phiri, a vendor, told the Daily News that since council imposed the new fees, the system has been marred by flaws.

“One day someone comes and issues you with a receipt, another day they do not give you the receipt. We want transparency in this system,” Phiri said.

Another vendor Mavis Dandira said it would be ideal for council to come up with a monthly uniform fee instead of demanding licence fees every day.

“Through the money I make from vending, I was able to take my eldest child to Midlands State University and if this persists, I fear that my children will have to become vendors like me if I cannot afford to take them to school,” she said.

Comments (1)

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chikukuvatavata - 22 August 2014

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