Vendors vow to stay put

HARARE - Harare city vendors have vowed to stay on the city’s pavements amid reports council is considering relocating them to different wards across the city’s residential areas.

Information from the city fathers reveals that most vendors in the central business district reside in nearby suburbs and rural areas such as Seke, Chikwaka and Domboshava.

A source at the city council said, “We have been engaged in a process of educating vendors for the past three weeks. Soon we will be starting a process of reassigning vendors to different sites in Harare wards.

“For example, those who reside in Epworth would be assigned places to trade in Queensdale.”

Sten Zvorwadza, Board Chairperson of National Vendors Union Zimbabwe said, “The council should regularise current vending places in the city rather than designating our members to new places out of the city.

“Vendors should remain at their places because they trade where clients are available.” 

The city fathers said they wanted to reorganise vendors in order to restore sanity, beauty of the city and improve traffic on the pavements.

Speaking at a meeting organised by the vendors’ association and Transparency International Zimbabwe (Tiz), Frank Mpahlo a programme officer with Tiz said there is rampant corruption in vending where police are allegedly demanding money from vendors.

“We offer free legal advise and lawyers. Police officers from the municipality and Zimbabwe Republic Police are inhibiting vendors from their job,” he said.

A councillor, Hammy Madzengere of Sunningdale speaking at the same occasion said, “I used to be a vendor and I currently sit in the finance committee of the council. Council should realise revenue by letting vendors pay a certain amount for their trading places.”

Vendors present at the meeting said they did not have a problem paying a certain amount of money to the city council so that they could be allowed to keep on vending from their lucrative sites.

However, the city council has started a process of registering vendors in a bid to provide them with decent places to vend from.

The council’s corporate communications division said in a statement, “In our ongoing efforts to provide decent and sheltered vending places — Harare City Council has started the registration of vendors in the residential suburbs beginning Saturday, November 1 to November 30, 2014.”

Registration is taking place at the existing vending sites and will be done by officials from the district offices.

In the central business district, a total of 3 379 people successfully registered as vendors. Twelve vending sites are operational in the CBD.

The city has adopted a new non-confrontational approach when dealing with vendors premised on engagement, dialogue and understanding.

Council has set up “Help Me Desks” at Mbare District Office and the Harare Publicity Office to provide information on allocation of vending sites and to attend to queries and inquiries.

Vendors are encouraged to use the offices to acquire information on vending.

However, Chaos erupted in the city centre yesterday as vendors clashed with Grassroots Empowerment Projects Trust vendors that had pitched tents outside Cleveland house in Harare.

Comments (5)

Hapana council apa chainoita chii mbwa dzevanhu dai mavendors arimachairman eZUNU PF Vipiwa pekushandira zunu yakaora tarisa pamuramba tsvina vakaparadza zvinhu zvevanhu vakanyepera pasi rese kuti vachavakira vanhu pekushandira nepekugara asi vakazopiwa pekushandira nepekugara machairman ezanu nehamadzawo,kwachiadzwa vakati vachavakira vanhu dzimba pakabuda madiamonds ikoko vakapiwa dzimba dzaitaurwa vanhu veZanu pf chete ZANU PF YAKAORA KUORA ipapa chinowatidzisa vecouncil kupawanhu pekutengesera chii go to joburg ,zambia even uk vanhu vanovanikwa vanotengesa mumastreets zviri pamutemo imimi mozvitadza sei nyika yenyu iriyo zvakare the poorest kurarama ne $1 pazuva. regai vanhu vatengese mumastreets tikwanirei

dofo - 9 November 2014

Rubbish, thee vendors must be beaten up and removed from the streets and pavements. The place were meant for the public to walk and not to be disturbed by these dirty jackals. One other thing, they do not want to pay taxes and yet they want to take advantage of the same public structures which they always live in a mess after their filthy trading. More over they are a recipe for epidemics, ngavrohwe.

reason - 10 November 2014

The first question for us to ask is why do we have so many vendors. our streets used not to have these vendors? So what do we do, it is not where to vend, but how to stop it, create employment and empowering opportunities. taiziva kuti unoenda pa Charge office kundotenga ma domasi nema apples, iye zvino unoenda pa any pavement and there is a cause. Fix that cause, munoti veku Epworth havaone nzvimbo pa Queensdale asi vanoziva kuti mutown ndimo munoita. Such suggestions come from corrupt fat cats.

maita - 10 November 2014

Sten says he wants vendors 'where there are people'. Where do people in the CBD come from, water drains?

Rejoice Ngwenya - 10 November 2014

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