The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BULAWAYO, Satur­day, Novem­ber 14, 1992 — The Bulawayo Hawk­ers and Ven­dors’ As­so­ci­a­tion has blamed the city coun­cil for the city’s vend­ing prob­lems.

In an in­ter­view yes­ter­day, the HVA chair­man, Mr Bernard Dabud­abu, ac­cused the lo­cal au­thor­ity of build­ing mar­kets in places that were not suit­able for busi­ness.

Mr Dabud­abu’s out­bursts come soon af­ter the city’s di­rec­tor of Hous­ing and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices, Mr Isa­iah Ma­gag­ula, ex­pressed con­cern that vend­ing had got out of hand in the city as ven­dors had aban­doned coun­cil-built mar­kets to op­er­ate il­le­gally all over the city.

“The coun­cil mar­kets are aban­doned be­cause the coun­cil did not con­sult the peo­ple when it built them. There is usu­ally no busi­ness at most of th­ese coun­cil mar­kets”, Mr Dabud­abu said.

He said mar­kets should be es­tab­lished at places that were eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble to the pub­lic and should be big so as to cater for a large num­ber of ven­dors.

“Mar­kets should be in ar­eas that have trans­port and are cen­tral to a num­ber of sub­urbs for them to be ef­fec­tive in­stead of be­ing in se­cluded places like the Kelvin Mar­ket,” he said.

He said the re­cent es­tab­lish­ment of vend­ing bays by the coun­cil in a bid to curb il­le­gal vend­ing was not go­ing to be enough for the large num­ber of il­le­gal ven­dors, some of whom were al­ready op­er­at­ing from the places at which the coun­cil planned to es­tab­lish bays.

Mr Dabud­abu said there were about 1200 il­le­gal ven­dors in Bulawayo in May this year a fig­ure which could have dou­bled by now as more were forced into the in­for­mal sec­tor by un­em­ploy­ment.

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