Vendors have flooded pavements in the central business district (CBD) selling school uniforms and other goods on the streets following the relaxation of lockdown regulations.
Vendors are in violation of city by-laws as they are operating illegally without licenses and at undesignated points.
Harare City spokesperson Michael Chideme has warned the vendors, saying the council would take action. “Those vendors have to be dealt with by-laws so that they are removed.
“They should go and sell at the respective sites.” In an interview with some vendors along Robert Mugabe Road and Leopold Takawira Street, they said they were struggling to put food on the table. “We have been at home for a long time so we didn’t know how things were outside.
“So this is just our first time in town since lockdown began; we were starved since we had no other sources of income”
Another vendor, Laiser Gamundana, said: “Lockdown has been difficult; we are happy that the doors have been opened and we are now able to hustle and feed our families.
“We were seated at home; people did not have money,” she said.