Clear ven­dors from streets: Min Mavhima

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NEWLY ap­pointed Mid­lands Min­is­ter of State, Cde Larry Mavhima has im­plored all lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in the prov­ince to clear all il­le­gal veg­etable and fruit ven­dors in cen­tral busi­ness dis­tricts (CBDs) to curb a pos­si­ble spread of cholera.

The prov­ince has since recorded 10 cases of cholera in Gokwe North that have all been linked to Harare. In an in­ter­view, Min­is­ter Mavhima said the health sec­tor was one of his key pri­or­ity ar­eas in the prov­ince, and that there was a mam­moth yet an im­per­a­tive task to com­bat cholera which has since been de­clared state of emer­gency.

He said there was need for Gov­ern­ment and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to com­ple­ment ef­forts to erad­i­cate the water-borne dis­ease.

“I have been in­formed that there are 10 cases of cholera that have been re­ported in the prov­ince. So as the new min­is­ter, my pri­or­ity is to deal with that is­sue im­me­di­ately. We do not want the dis­ease to spread to other dis­tricts. We are work­ing closely with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to en­sure that we com­bat the dis­ease be­fore it starts claim­ing lives like what is hap­pen­ing in Harare. I also un­der­stand that Harare is the source of all the cases re­ported in the prov­ince. As a prov­ince there are no ac­tiv­i­ties that bring cholera,” he said.

Min­is­ter Mavhima said lo­cal au­thor­i­ties should clear ven­dors from the streets and take them to des­ig­nated places for vend­ing.

“We are not say­ing vend­ing is wrong but what we want are peo­ple who earn a liv­ing in a proper way. Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties should also make modern fa­cil­i­ties for ven­dors. We want to cre­ate new ways of con­duct­ing busi­ness that are health con­scious and re­spect­ing the rule of law.

“We do not want peo­ple who dis­re­gard the law. If we al­low that to hap­pen then we are cre­at­ing a law­less coun­try. It is my re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure that we have healthy ways of do­ing busi­ness. I am go­ing to en­gage lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in the prov­ince to en­sure that we achieve that ob­jec­tive,” he said.

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