Mugabe is daydreaming: Vendors

HARARE - National Vendors Union Zimbabwe chairperson Sten Zvorwadza (pictured) has said President Robert Mugabe is “daydreaming” in his bid to ban street vending.

Zvorwadza told the Daily News yesterday that they will not listen to Mugabe.

“As the informal sector, we will not listen to such nonsense; we are going to stay in the streets. He is daydreaming. I bet with my head, the president has no capacity to remove vendors from the streets.

“He must depart from this issue of daydreaming. Mugabe must appreciate the role of the informal sector. Zimbabweans must understand that Mugabe is old and he is a dead man walking.

“The move to chase away vendors will be a final blow to the dying economy. Mugabe is living a good life with his family; he thinks that we are in the streets because we want to do so, failing to understand that he is the one who created this situation.”

Mugabe said on Saturday that he will be issuing an edict aimed at bringing order to the bustling city of some 2 million people.

He said food stalls would be moved off the pavements and some could be relocated to new sites. He said he will not allow street vending to be a common feature of Harare “Nigerian style.”

The teetotaller said the vendors should move out as the government will not accept the chaos they bring, adding that they must accept to be relocated to designated vending stalls and trade openly where the authorities assign them.

This comes as Mugabe has failed to create jobs for the burgeoning, young population.

“When I arrived from South Africa, I heard that Harare is now dirty with vendors now everywhere, even streets which were given names such as (Julius) Nyerere and Robert Mugabe are now covered with dirt,” Mugabe told the meeting of his Zanu PF youth wing.

“Some vendors are selling their wares during the night so that they cannot be arrested.”

Ever since the City of Harare launched a crackdown on vendors, they have taken to selling their wares well into the night to evade municipal police and also make a better killing through quick sales to a homeward bound workforce.

Mugabe said he was told that some senior Zanu PF leaders are protecting the vendors because they fear losing the forthcoming 2018 elections.

“I was talking to (Home Affairs minister Ignatius) Chombo yesterday saying why do we allow our roads to be grocery shops. I said we must give them designated areas so that they will sell their wares outside the roads and leave the roads free.

“He told me that the vendors are saying they want to sell their products everywhere.

“I said that we don’t want that indiscipline, down with that indiscipline, they must go to designated areas.

“We don’t want the Nigerian style. Harare must be the smartest city because it is our capital city,” Mugabe said.

Comments (10)

Pfutseke waro. Harinyari. Tibvigwe kumhepo.

Kudzai Chipanga - 9 October 2017

Pfutseke waro. Harinyari. Tibvigwe kumhepo.

Kudzai Chipanga - 9 October 2017

This country is being led by a ghost of a president with mummies as his ministers, you can only expect disaster...

misty - 9 October 2017

In 1980 there were NO vendors in the streets of Harare, the sunshine city. After 37 years of destroying the economy, how does Robert think POVO will survive?? People have to sell something, anywhere, everywhere in order to survive. Shame on you Robert, old brain sekuru. Get off the political stage NOW.

Ndiani Ndiani - 9 October 2017

In 1980 there were NO vendors in the streets of Harare, the sunshine city. After 37 years of destroying the economy, how does Robert think POVO will survive?? People have to sell something, anywhere, everywhere in order to survive. Shame on you Robert, old brain sekuru. Get off the political stage NOW.

Ndiani Ndiani - 9 October 2017

Many years ago it was rumoured that the then Prime Minister Robert Mugabe would be driven around town in unmarked cars visiting various places. What has now happened is that the President is no longer in touch with what is on the ground. For him to be informed on his recent return from SA about the street vendors when they have been there for years it shows that the President is kept away from reality on the ground and needs to be driven even during the day or night in unmarked vehicles for him to see the full extent of rot, potholes, street vending, deterioration of Mbare Musika bus terminus and many other areas. Currently whatever road the President is travelling is conviently cleared of pot holes and gives a false impression.

Kambiri - 9 October 2017

I think Zvorwadza is liar,all vendors will move out the streets once Mugabe decides to do it.Once the military armoured vehicles arrive in the street all vendors will disperse in no time;together with the police tear gas sprayer vehicles.Mugabe is shit-they say hapana inoita zvainoda-all vendors will b forced to trade at home or in designated places-maVendor munganyepa kana mukati hamubve.But your problems are partly caused by mismanagement of the economy itz true

addmore gudo - 9 October 2017

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jermiebancoco - 10 October 2017

Iwe kadhara nehure rako. Chibvai muno muende. Wakapa Bona 10million from our NSSA funds to start a fake bank. Ukapa murume wake Air Zim. Uri kutenga dzimba everywhere in the world. Unorapwa in the best hospitals kunze uko. Ko isu? BEGHE RAMAI WAKO

Method - 10 October 2017

I rarely contribute to political issues and on platforms but l think the leadership is trying to restore sanity in the country to the best of their ability. However,public consultation on bread and butter issues is now an indispensable tool to bring our minds together for the good of Zimbabwe.There is no more trust amongst ourselves.Let's separate political tactics and economical tactics in this game.Opposition is there to stay and there contribution is worthy the salt implement ideas rather than shoving each other out because we have the right and legal protection from our various influential Positions.Together we make Zimbabwe better let's unite.Fight through the ballot as that is the legitimate means for we quarrel and use other means our livelihoods are deteriorating day in day out because we don't hold positions of authority thus we are fighting a losing battle.l am optimistic that we pray for our country we will receive what we desire.

Mistead Madanhire - 10 October 2017

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