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Vendors File Urgent Court Application Against Bail Denial

  • Sithandekile Mhlanga

FILE: A vendor carries his goods after he was evicted from the streets by Zimbabwean police in Harare, Wednesday, July, 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

FILE: A vendor carries his goods after he was evicted from the streets by Zimbabwean police in Harare, Wednesday, July, 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

The Harare magistrates’ court argues that the vendors, who are members of the National Vendors’ Union of Zimbabwe, will incite their counterparts to resist moving from the city center to designated vending cites.

Sixteen vendors who were arrested last week over the outbreak of violence with the municipal police in Harare appealed against Tuesday’s court ruling denying them bail Wednesday, arguing they will not interfere with witnesses.

The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, which is representing the vendors, says the sixteen are expected back in court on August 4.

The Harare magistrates’ court had argued that the vendors, who are members of the National Vendors’ Union of Zimbabwe, will incite their counterparts to resist moving from the city center to designated vending cites.

Meanwhile, director of the Zimbabwe Informal Sector Organization Promise Mkhwananzi says the vendors are still fighting running battles with the municipal police in the city center, as they continue to resist moving to cites which they say are unsuitable for vending.

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