The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BULAWAYO, Thurs­day, Novem­ber 7, 1991 — Ven­dors at the Renk­ini ru­ral bus ter­mi­nus have com­plained that the pro­posed plan to fence off the premises and pro­hibit them from oper­at­ing in­side the ter­mi­nus will de­stroy their business.

In a sur­vey car­ried out by The Chron­i­cle, most of the reg­is­tered ven­dors com­plained that if the coun­cil went ahead with its plans their busi­nesses would be greatly af­fected. They said that most of their cus­tomers would be un­will­ing to leave their goods unat­tended in the ter­mi­nus to go and pur­chase goods from out­side the ter­mi­nus.

The di­rec­tor of Build­ing and Ameni­ties, Mr Mike Hap­good, told a re­cent coun­cil meet­ing that the fence would help to con­trol en­trances for business and passengers only. He said that vend­ing bays would be es­tab­lished for li­censed ven­dors out­side the ter­mi­nus.

One ven­dor at the ter­mi­nus, Cde Mbu­lawa Sibanda, said the ven­dors’ re­moval from in­side the ter­mi­nus would not only de­stroy business but would in­con­ve­nience trav­ellers.

“Passengers gen­er­ally do not like to leave their goods unat­tended and they find it eas­ier to buy from us be­cause we op­er­ate near the park­ing bays,” he said.

He said the crim­i­nals would have a “field day” if ven­dors are made to op­er­ate from one place. He said thieves pre­ferred to work in crowded places.

An­other ven­dor said she did not see the rea­son why they were be­ing stopped from sell­ing in­side the ter­mi­nus be­cause their li­cences en­abled them to op­er­ate from the area.

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