Local Government Minister, Harare mayor give vendors 48 hour ultimatum

In a strongly-worded joint statement Local government, rural and urban development minister July Moyo along with Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni have declared war on illegal vending in the country’s capital city.

The statement was issued on Friday and had strong words like ‘anarchy’ and ‘menace’ as government moves to clean up the city:

The Central Business District is now home to a litany of unhealthy vending activities such as selling of second hand clothes, unregulated vegetable vending, roasting mealie cobs, and money changers amongst other activities. Such activities are anathema and anachronistic of CBD areas of modern cities especially capital cities.

The menace is further exacerbated by the public transport system which has transformed the CBD into a hazardous jungle. Illegal ranks and unregistered public transport such as mushika-shika have become rampant posing great danger to both motorists and pedestrians.

The statement also mentioned the growing health threats such as typhoid and cholera adding that the situation needed urgent addressing.

The direct warning to stop illegal vending was this:

In view of this untenable situation let us all declare war on illegal vendors and unregistered public transporters. To the vendors who are operating at undesignated sites including in front of shops and to unregistered public transporters, you are directed to immediately cease forthwith your activities within the next 48 hours, failure of which you have no one but yourselves to blame.

For those in need of vending licenses the statement should approach the Local Authority it said.

Interesting times. Do you think that this will work in dealing with vendors or will it result in war between vendors and the authorities?

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