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We will fight the soldiers — vendors

Vendors have given government a 48-hour ultimatum to create jobs for them so that they are able to leave the streets.
The ultimatum comes barely a day after government also gave the vendors the same order to leave the streets or face military action.

By Phyllis Mbanje

The association of the street vendors was yesterday busy mobilising its members to launch a counter offensive to government’s threats of military force against them.

The vendors said they were angered by the pronouncement by Local Government minister July Moyo that government would use the military to eject them from the streets and vowed to resist whatever force government would employ.

Outspoken National Vendors Union of Zimbabwe leader Sten Zvorwadza said vendors were in the streets not by choice and would only leave the streets if government provided them with the jobs it promised.

“The attempt by the government to deploy security forces to fight unarmed street vendors is not only reckless, but is tantamount to planting genocide against the needy and the poor,” Zvorwadza said.

“What government needs to understand is that they created the so-called illegal traders and for the government to act brutally would be unfair”.

Zvorwadza said the government was talking about turning around the economy but was chasing the vendors from the streets when they had been the bedrock of the economy.

He said vendors should be given a 100-day plan to work on their future instead of being given a 48-hour ultimatum by the same people who had created them.

“We are disturbed the government makes such an announcement without consulting the traders who are affected,” he said. “If this government is a military state, it is prudent for the government to make it clear so that Zimbabweans can run away for dear life.

“The pronouncement by government to declare war on informal traders who are sustaining this economy is not democratic,” Zvorwadza said.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has promised to create jobs through resuscitation of industry, but the economic situation remains dire more than 50 days after he assumed office with a myriad of promises.

Zvorwadza said if the new government provided them with jobs, they would gladly leave the streets.

“So we are also giving them a 48-hour ultimatum; our jobs in 48 hours and we forget about all this and focus on our new jobs,” he said.

Leader of the Vendors Initiative for Social Economic Transformation Samuel Wadzai said they would not move and were quite ready to stand up for their rights.

“Is it really necessary to use force? But let it be known we are going to resist if indeed they go through with it,” Wadzai said.

He also said they would meet with the mayor Bernard Manyenyeni, who they allege to have distanced himself from the announcement.

10 Responses to We will fight the soldiers — vendors

  1. chabvondoka January 21, 2018 at 8:07 am #

    Definetely there has to be a plan for the vendors before that operation. The city has to have some sanity and the vendors also need to survive, so the government has to do the balancing act here.

  2. eliasha January 21, 2018 at 8:36 am #

    Very stupid by Vendors were can the government get jobs in 48hrs its a process trap the customers you are following in town in the ghettos and no one will bother you, please let our beloved city be a marvel for visitors and genuine shoppers, you numskulls..

    • felix January 21, 2018 at 1:05 pm #

      stupid morron shut up your leaking mouth

  3. Chiko January 21, 2018 at 8:39 am #

    Sten you cannot justify disorder. CBD’s are important commercial zones that should be attractive for both formal business people and visitors. We do not want illegal street vendors on CBD pavements. We do not want fruit carts on city roads. We do not want to cars and trucks selling wares from their trunks parked in CBD road. Do not hind behind absence of jobs as a justification for disorder. No country has 100% formal employment. Illegal street vending is a definite no and must be delt with decisively.

  4. munyaradzi January 21, 2018 at 12:54 pm #

    vending is not a romantic job. that a majority now survive by vending is a sign that hopes and dreams of the millions have been crushed. the so called filth that some people allege is as as a result of vendors is a reflection of the rot in leadership. vendors can not be wished away. I wish to ask the politicians making these statements from the ivory tower supported by public funds, what would you do if suddenly all those benefits are withdrawn?

  5. munyaradzi January 21, 2018 at 12:57 pm #

    vending is not a romantic job. that a majority now survive by vending is a sign that hopes and dreams of the millions have been crushed. the so called filth that some people allege is as as a result of vendors is a reflection of the rot in leadership. vendors can not be wished away. I wish to ask the politicians making these statements from the ivory tower supported by public funds, what would you do if suddenly all those benefits are withdrawn? it is easy to walk when the shoe fits.

  6. Daluxolo Mbele January 21, 2018 at 2:19 pm #

    Sten Zvoradza is ‘eating’ money sourced from international donors.

  7. mutunhu une mago January 22, 2018 at 7:29 am #

    stan zvorwadza tokuziva hauna basa nema vendor iwe u make money out chaos unoswera uchidya ma lunch ari expensive kuma outlest ukoo stupid moron …vendors shld chuck out of cbd and gonto designated areas …time to reatore order in the capital city …

  8. KingZaka January 22, 2018 at 9:38 am #

    It is myopic for a person like Zvorwadza to say this ‘vendors from the streets when they had been the bedrock of the economy’. A clear point to note is that not everyone is able to stay in Harare due to differentials in education, networthness and other factors which i will not mention on this platform. Rural areas are now deserted why? Deserving people should therefore stay in urban areas and not the current scenerio where we see jambanja rega rega. I am ready to go and stay in my rural areas the moment i fail to feed my family in town.

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