Tsvangirai raps Zanu PF plans over vendors

GWERU - MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai has condemned plans to drive out vendors from the streets saying Zanu PF’s failure to turn around the economy has pushed everyone into the informal sector.

Speaking after touring various Gweru City Council projects yesterday, Tsvangirai said Zimbabwe was in a sorry state where its citizens were failing to put food on the table.

“Zanu PF has created this situation and it is sad that everyone is suffering. The issue of joblessness is appalling,” Tsvangirai said.

He said Zimbabweans were desperate to make ends meet through vending which government should not condemn.

“We cannot have an outright policy to condemn vendors. We should engage the vendors and not be in running battles with them,” the MDC leader said.

“We should have an organised way of managing vendors, who are victims of a dead economy,” Tsvangirai said.

Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko last month drew the ire of Zimbabweans when he condemned vendors, saying able-bodied people should not be engaged in such business.

Mphoko’s sentiments were also echoed by Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo who also said vendors should be driven off the streets.

Gweru City Council has not been an exception as council police play cat and mouse with vendors everyday as they seek to eke a living.

Many Zimbabweans have turned to vending following the closure of thousands of companies leading to the ballooning of already high unemployment figures.

Tsvangirai added that he sympathised with Zimbabwean youths, in particular since they bore the brunt of unemployment.

He said this after a jobless youth in Mkoba 16 petitioned the MDC leader to do something about the plight of the youth.

“I feel sorry for our youths and I urge them to stop being used by Zanu PF to perpetrate violence,” he said.

The MDC leader visited markets in Gweru’s central business district and also met vendors and street hawkers in the city.

Tsvangirai also toured the city’s projects run by the Hamutendi Kombayi-led council and commended the local authority for its sterling job.


Comments (5)

but you will find the herald celebrating heckling of tsvangirai by the vendors. some media in zim are good at diverting attention while real issues fail to be discussed. government is failing to maintain the conditions attained during the gnu. there are no activities directed vat the economy except to praise the leadership

frank - 6 March 2015

Its sad seeing an old man carrying rattles and toys selling in the streets instead of being gainfully employed .Surely this is what the so called Cdes fought for

Chabvonga - 6 March 2015

2,200,000 jobs will be available from this year!! This number is the number of vendors trying to make a living selling toys on the streets! Well done ZANU POF POF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Garikayi - 6 March 2015

Actually Morgan is now like the president of this country as he is visiting people every way . While Mugabe never cares and he feels it ok to go to visit Asia than Epworth just a stone 's through from his house .Keep on visiting the poor Morgan they are human too they need leaders 's love.

Diibulaanyika - 6 March 2015

we can spend time on commenting the state asi nothing will change. zvoda mwari

takura - 8 March 2015

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