Vendors protest against arrests

GWERU - Vendors here yesterday staged a demonstration at the Gweru Magistrates’ Courts against the detention of their colleagues.

The demo was prompted by six vendors who last weekend resisted arrest by the Gweru Municipal Police and were later handed over to police.

In a statement, National Vendors Union Zimbabwe (Navuz) expressed concern at the escalating onslaught on vendors.

“Navuz remains concerned at the constitutionally reprehensible action being instituted by the Gweru City Council in orchestrating the forceful removal of vendors from their current operating sites within the central business district,” the statement said.

“Six members of the union are in custody after being arrested over the weekend.”

Last week, more than 15 members of Navuz were reportedly beaten, arrested and later detained for two days. They were then dragged to the courts and charged with breaching peace.

“Navuz calls for an immediate end to this illegal and barbaric destruction of livelihoods in Gweru and strongly advises against imitation of such reckless actions by other local authorities,” the Navuz statement further said.

Comments (4)

Eish amana mavendor vatova neNational Association...

Endapreneurs - 20 May 2015

These vendors are a nuisance and a healthy risk, why sell your wares in front of pick and pay on their pavement and yet you have done nothing to develop that place. Do your vending in your own back yard or at a designated place, period.

reason - 21 May 2015

Vendors are a cause of health concern , they must just move to the vending places , this association is group of thieves who need to be arrested , if they are citizens who abide by the law why can they not tell these vendors to go to designated areas . At the end of the day when black boots is unleashed to them they will run but they say they have the association . That association must now the city bylaws not just to let people do business everywhere .

Mudhara - 21 May 2015

mavendor haana mhosva vanoda kurarama vakainda Joni vanorohwa ndiko kurapa mhopo pamusana ziso rine mbonje

tanaka mushoma - 22 May 2015

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