More than 500 members of civic rights group, Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), staged demonstrations at the offices of the Ministry of Local Government in Harare Wednesday protesting against what they say is continued harassment of vendors in the city and confiscation of their goods by the municipal police.
WOZA official Magodonga Mahlangu told VOA Studio 7 her group handed over a petition outlining her organisation’s demands to Local Government Minister Saviour Kasukuwere’s office.
Mahlangu said the council collects vending fees and also allows Park Rite Africa to get a second payment and WOZA is demanding to have affordable standardised monthly fees, which can be paid directly to the local authority for transparency and accountability.
“We also demand receipts for confiscated goods from all police officers seizing these goods ... There must be transparency and accountability and no theft,” she said.
Mahlangu pointed out that vendors should be allowed to reclaim their goods, adding it is an injustice to give First Lady Grace Mugabe confiscated goods for her political campaigns.
WOZA recently staged a similar demonstration in Bulawayo where the group handed a yellow card to mayor Martin Moyo, urging him to ensure that the harrassment of vendors ceases.