No military raid on vendors: Sekeramayi

HARARE - Defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi says the army will not be deployed to remove street vendors across the country, as confusion on the role of the military in the proposed cleanup campaign rages on.

Speaking on the sidelines of a Zanu PF rally in Tynwald South yesterday, Sekeramayi said the responsibility of removing vendors lies with the ministry of Local Government and Small and Medium Enterprises.

“The removal of vendors is the responsibility of the ministry of Local Government and we are hoping that the ministry of Local Government and the minister of Small and Medium Enterprises are addressing the issue. There will be no involvement of the army,” he said.

Asked to clarify why Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo and a senior military official said the army will be involved Sekeramayi said: “Am saying the responsibility is that of ministry of Local Government and Small and Medium Enterprises, and when there are problems, they will go to the police. In the very unlikely event......., I don’t think it will be necessary”.

Chombo and some of the members of the military planning wing, the Joint Operations Command (JOC), this week ordered street vendors operating at undesignated sites in all urban areas to vacate by Monday next week or face unspecified action.

Chombo and commander of the Presidential Guard, Brigadier-General Anselem Sanyatwe told journalists in Harare that the security forces would come hard on those resisting the order.

Sanyatwe said the security forces had decided to intervene and restore order in urban areas, especially Harare, after vendors had invaded all open spaces in the city centre.

“We are happy you brought the chefs (bosses) from vendor organisations. I want to warn you, we don’t want to chase each other. We have the powers. Go and address your people and tell them to go to designated places,” Sanyatwe said.

Harare Provincial Affairs minister Miriam Chikukwa, who sits in the Joint Operations Command (JOC) in Harare, repeated the warning to vendors.

“As JOC chairperson, I reiterate if anyone is seen on the other side of the law, you will have yourself to blame,” she said.

JOC is a grouping of security forces including the army, Central Intelligence Organisation and the police.

Chombo said the deadline applied to all vendors in other urban areas throughout the country.

However, street vendors vowed to continue selling their wares at undesignated sites and threatened a violent showdown with the army.

National Vendors’ Union of Zimbabwe (Navuz) added that there was no need to deploy the military as the country was not in a state of emergency.

Comments (11)

So which is which? I suppose this Brigadier - General, whatever he is smoking these days, has nothing to guard since the president is always out of the country so his hungry boys can patrol the street of Harare. Is this some sort of insubordination on the part of Snselemo?/

Garikayi - 5 June 2015

One wonders how then an army general would make threats to civilians without the mandate of the Minister of Defence. This is gross abuse of office and necessary steps must be taken to reign in the errant officer. Moreso, any authority that issues a threat to use any powers that it has, and then pulls out of using that threat without the situation being resolved, is totally confused and looses any respect and authority it has. Never issue a threat to use force and pull back without the situations you threaten for being addressed. It shows the government is clueless on ethics its a real shame.

SHIBOBO - 5 June 2015

An opportunity to shut down Zimbabwe is here fellow country men. The them do it and Zimbabwe will never be the same again. All vendors take each other's telephone numbers, take your fellow's whatsaap number and we will roll out the plan should this regime ever get into our way.

Ziziharinanyanga - 5 June 2015

So this Sanyatwe went to this press briefing without the express authority of the MoD. Hope they will not again label you a Gamatox!!

Tongo - 6 June 2015

This swine Sanyatwe thing must be smoking something kokayi at his work place . Here is a thug pretending to be a soldier . How can a normal soldier involve him self in the day today business of vendors who are not a threat to nation ? That is the problem if you just get rubbish and give it the post of a top soldier . The barbarian has no clue on what it means to be a soldier . So now he is left with eggs on his very ugly face . Demety swine .

Diibulaanyika - 6 June 2015

Does the ZANU-PF government think the vendors are vending goods for fun!! No, they are vending, because ZANU-PF has spent the last 30 years looting the country. Where are the job opportunities?

david taylor - 6 June 2015

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uyauya - 8 June 2015

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uyauya - 8 June 2015

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