Battle with vendors far from over

EDITOR — The government and the city councils must not celebrate their eviction of vendors from city centres.

Yes the streets are much cleaner but from where I stand the battle over the vending issue if far from over.

My point is that as long as the government and the councils do not put the vendors in places where they can get customers, they will keep coming back into town after hours and over the weekends to try and sell their wares.

I have noted that the battle in Harare continues in places such as Market Square Bus Terminus and other streets within the central business district where people are still vending but after losing their wares now hide most of their goods and take out a few to minimise loses.

But the main issue is lack of employment that has resulted in so many people flooding the central business districts trying to sell one thing or the other.

As long as the government does not fulfil its promise of creating more than two millions jobs as they promised during the 2013 election, the removal of vendors will always remain temporary.

These people cannot be blamed for coming back to the central business districts because they are trying to reach the few people that are formally employed whom they believe have the cash to buy their wares during this liquidity crisis.

As more and more people lose their jobs as evidenced by what is currently happening, I’m sure the vending problem is yet to be solved.

My prayer is that the citizens of this country will not feel cornered and end up having running battles with the police and council police.

My appeal to government is for it to create jobs to absorb the many unemployed and educated vendors on the streets.

The battle with vendors is far from over.


Comments (2)

indeed the government has to provide employment so as to make the best out of this situation for as long as it does not work on that,street vending remains a thing to be reckoned with for life

slow poison - 12 August 2015

No selling on pavements,vendors must not resist relocation_go to designated places_keep our towns clean.

Loice z ngezimani - 12 August 2015

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