Coun­cil raids food ven­dors

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Love­more Zi­gara

GWERU City Coun­cil (GCC) has launched a blitz on open air food ven­dors and busi­nesses op­er­at­ing with­out li­cences and regis­tra­tion cer­tifi­cates, shut­ting down 21 busi­nesses in the process.

Busi­nesses are re­quired to re­new an­nu­ally their op­er­at­ing li­cences rang­ing from shop li­cences, butch­ers’ li­cences, fish­mon­ger li­cences, liquor li­cences and regis­tra­tion cer­tifi­cates, among other re­quire­ments, with the lo­cal au­thor­ity.

How­ever, some busi­nesses have not com­plied with the re­quire­ments prompt­ing GCC to em­bark on the blitz.

Since the cam­paign com­menced last week the lo­cal au­thor­ity has closed down busi­nesses which did not com­ply with the city’s by-laws while an un­spec­i­fied num­ber of open air food ven­dors sell­ing mainly isitshwala also met the same fate.

Act­ing di­rec­tor of Health Ser­vices, Mr Christo­pher Ru­wodo, said that the clam­p­down on food ven­dors is meant to re­store san­ity in the city and pre­serve the health of con­sumers.

He also said rev­enue col­lec­tion had been af­fected by the busi­ness com­mu­nity’s non-com­pli­ance.

“The clam­p­down on food ven­dors is to avert a dis­eases out­break as some of them are op­er­at­ing in ar­eas which do not meet the min­i­mum health re­quire­ments to op­er­ate such kind of busi­ness, hence our be­ing proac­tive,” said Mr Ru­wodo.

“We’ve also moved to lo­cal busi­nesses that have not reg­u­larised their op­er­a­tions with coun­cil as there are li­cences which are re­newed at the be­gin­ning of ev­ery year but some up to now have not done any­thing about it.

“This has af­fected our rev­enue tar­gets for this year. So far we have closed 21 busi­nesses but I’m happy some are now vol­un­tar­ily com­ing for­ward to reg­u­larise their op­er­a­tions.”

Act­ing Town Clerk Mr Edgar Mwedzi said poor rev­enue in­flows into coun­cil cof­fers have re­sulted in coun­cil fail­ing to ad­here to its bud­getary pro­vi­sions where 70 per­cent of the bud­get should be chan­nelled to­wards ser­vice de­liv­ery and the re­main­der to salaries. — @lavuzi­gara1,

Mr John Mwale of Deka in Hwange who grows crops on the banks of the Zam­bezi River shows a part of the river that is fast dry­ing up due to cli­mate change and poor rains re­ceived last sea­son. Many trib­u­taries of the mighty river have dried up as well

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