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Zimbabwe Vendors Facing Forced Removal Vow to Stay Put

  • Jonga Kandemiiri

Hawkers sell goods on the streets of Zimbabwe's capital Harare, Sept.17, 2015.

Hawkers sell goods on the streets of Zimbabwe's capital Harare, Sept.17, 2015.

The Vendors Initiative for Social and Economic Transformation (VISET) says its members will not heed calls by the Gweru City Council to vacate their current vending sites in the central business district.

Samuel Wadzayi, director of VISET said his members will not heed calls by the Gweru City Council to vacate their current vending sites in the central business district.

Wadzayi said his association condemned in strongest terms calls by acting Gweru town clerk, Edgar Mwedzi, for vendors to pull out of the city center without first being allocated alternative vending sites.

“We are still engaged in consultations and negotiations with the council and in the midst of these negotiations we then hear the town clerk calling for our forcible removal, we get confused,” Wadzayi said.

He said this came as a surprise as the move will affect expected to affect almost 4,000 vendors.

Asked whether they will comply, Wadzayi said, “Obviously we are not going to comply with such an unconstitutional move.”

He said if the council is to come up with alternative vending sites, they must have all the facilities because this is what they had agreed with them.

Studio 7 failed to reach the acting town council for a comment.

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