Zanu PF to blame for vendor crisis: Manyenyeni

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s government is to blame for the influx of vendors in Harare’s central business district (CBD), mayor Bernard Manyenyeni said.

He said the crisis is a result of Zanu PF’s failure to manage the economy.

Speaking to journalists recently, Manyenyeni said Harare City Council could not disperse vendors from the CBD, as multitudes have been forced into vending due to the current economic woes.

“The vendors are not a council problem. They originated from the current economic problems,” he said, adding that “most of these vendors are educated, they don’t have jobs so people must not blame the council for vendors”.

“They need to feed their families. The only option left for them is stealing or being a vendor. Even after the 100 day-plan the vendors will remain.

“You must know that we don’t operate in a vacuum. We operate in an economy. Also the problem of garbage must not be blamed on council only, people must learn to throw their rubbish in bins.”

Since Zanu PF controversially retained power in 2013, the country has been on a downward spiral, with the economy bleeding hundreds of thousands of badly-needed jobs and social service delivery hitting an all-time low.

On the other hand, Mugabe has failed to fulfil his 2013 election promise to create 2,2 million new jobs.

Instead, following the 92-year-old leader’s victory, thousands of companies have buckled under economic pressure.  

Economic experts say the hardships afflicting Zimbabwe have reduced the country to a nation of vendors.

In most streets in the urban centres, scores of young men and women roam around selling an assortment of products, including cell phone recharge cards, vegetables, clothes, traditional herbs and skin lightening creams.

This has seen virtually all urban streets littered with card board boxes, and making them dirty and difficult to navigate during peak hours — a huge contrast from their squeaky clean image of two decades ago.

And instead of attending to the country’s worsening political and socio-economic crises, Zanu PF bigwigs are embroiled in their party’s mindless bloodletting, in which a faction loyal to embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa is engaged in deadly factional and succession wars with a group opposed to him succeeding Mugabe.

Comments (2)

Rightly said Mayor Manyenyeni,vendors are a product of this failed regime called zanu pf.The problems that have been brought about with zanu pf are just too many to mention.They range from domestic violence,high rate of robbery and fraud,Child marriages,School dropouts,unemployment,moral decadance,high profile looting in government coffers,displacement of people,i could go on and on.So no matter which what solution we might prescribe to end this mess as long as zanu pf is on the helm nothing will ever change for the good.Thats the painful fact.

Janana wa Bikaz - 17 November 2016

Well said MrMayor, pamangopotsa ndepema bin apo! I have tried to look all over Harare for a bin without success! There are absolutely no bins to talk about in your city so what do we do??

Alex - 18 November 2016

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