Vendors turn into commuters
A number of vendors at Mbudzi round yesterday disguised themselves as commuters waiting for transport when City of Harare municipal police and ZRP details arrived to demolish of illegal roadside structures.
One of the vendors only identified as King Irie resisted arrest after addressing and inciting fellow vendors to fight against demolitions.
“I am not a vendor but waiting for my daughter here; we want to go to Chivhu,” she said.
Some made last minute rush to remove their wares from the illegal shelters while some were busy looting and hiding in nearby bush.
Municipal police collected some goods that included furniture, car batteries and electrical goods as owners disappeared leaving their items hoping unattended structures would be spared from demolitions.
“I did not believe that they would demolish stalls considering that we are yet to recover from the Covid-19 national lock down,” said one of the affected vendors.
“Informal trading has been our source of income but if council is fighting us it is unfair at all.
“As for me I was paying US$100 rentals to Felix who manages Mbudzi Market but he is failing to defend us,” said the disgruntled vendor.
A number of vendors pleaded with one Felix to defend them but the latter failed to produce documents of subletting the vendors.
City of Harare last week warned all vendors operating from undesignated points to remove their wares ahead of demolitions.
Felix refused to entertain H-Metro as he moved from place to place watching the demolitions.
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