WASHINGTON DC —
The National Vendors Union of Zimbabwe will on Friday meet with Transparency International Zimbabwe and the Combined Harare Residents Association over the demolition of vendors stalls by the Harare City Council.
The Harare council says the structures were illegal but the vendors and the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights are arguing that the city council should have first issued an enforcement order before demolishing the stalls.
The order would have given affected vendors at least 30 days’ notice to move or pull down their structures.
Most vendors say the clean-up exercise has reminded them of the 2005 Operation Murambatsvina or Clean-up Filth, but this time it will leave thousands of people jobless in a struggling economy.
For perspective reporter Tatenda Gumbo spoke with Harare councillor Peter Moyo of Ward 8, and National Vendors Union of Zimbabwe director, Samuel Wadzayi.
Wadzayi says the local authority should stop targeting vendors who are struggling to make a living.