Harare City mustn’t blame ven­dors

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Leader & Comment -

EDITOR — MDC-T-led Harare City Coun­cil has no right to give ven­dors an ul­ti­ma­tum to move off the streets be­cause the coun­cil it­self is to blame for the ty­phoid break­out.

Firstly, coun­cil has been for years giv­ing Harare res­i­dents con­tam­i­nated wa­ter and now they want to sin­gle out ven­dors and blame us for their prob­lems.

Se­condly, be­cause of coun­cil’s poor ur­ban plan­ning and their fail­ure to ser­vice the drainage sys­tems in the cap­i­tal, there are flash floods that should not be oc­cur­ring.

Some of us get our pro­duce fresh from Dom­boshava and Mu­toko where it is cheaper and cleaner than the coun­cil-owned Mbare Musika mar­ket.

In­stead of com­ing af­ter us, coun­cil should be fo­cus­ing on clean­ing the streets and mak­ing ef­forts to col­lect the garbage that is ac­cu­mu­lat­ing at such sites as the Copaca­bana and Si­mon Muzenda ter­mi­nuses.

If the coun­cil wants to stop the spread of ty­phoid, then they should re­ally im­prove their ser­vice de­liv­ery and not in­ter­fere with our busi­nesses.

Con­cerned Ven­dor, Harare.

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