‘Op­er­a­tion Re­store San­ity’ nets il­le­gal ven­dors

The Manica Post - - The Weekender - Tendai Guku­tikwa Week­ender Cor­re­spon­dent

IL­LE­GAL Mutare city ven­dors have been told to move back to their des­ig­nated sell­ing points and not keep sell­ing their wares from any place in the city.

Mutare Re­gional Mag­is­trate Mrs Sekai Chi­un­dura said those who de­fied the or­der risked in­car­cer­a­tion.

Mrs Chi­un­dura said this as she sen­tenced nine ven­dors who had ap­peared in court fac­ing vend­ing with­out a li­cence charge.

The nine - El­iza Tsoka, Plaxedes Mu­chokochi, Su­san Kai­tano, Si­bongile Chikukwa, Mozan­dani Man­dara, Egnes Betera, Chenge­tai Chigodora, Thandi Thandiwe and Tau­rai Mukono - had con­tra­vened Sec­tion 4 (a) of the Mutare City By-laws.

“Go back and sell your wares from the des­ig­nated points that were al­lo­cated to you by the city. You can­not be sell­ing in front of a su­per­mar­ket and in the pave­ments leav­ing no room for pedes­tri­ans to walk freely.

$10 fine

“If you come back in this court fac­ing the same of­fence, you will be in­car­cer­ated with­out the op­tion of a fine,” said Mrs Chi­un­dura

They were all or­dered to fork out $10 each in fines or risk five days im­pris­on­ment.

Con­sta­ble Christo­pher Bote ar­rested the nine while he was de­ployed on what is be­ing dubbed as “Op­er­a­tion Re­store San­ity” to­gether with some mem­bers of the Zimbabwe Na­tional Army in the Mutare Cen­tral Business Dis­trict.

In a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent and at the same court, at least 20 more il­le­gal ven­dors ap­peared be­fore mag­is­trate Per­se­ver­ance Makala on Wed­nes­day fac­ing the same charges.

Some of the ven­dors in­cluded Po­ti­fah Mushati, Kevin Mukoyi, Jus­tice Siyakonza, Mun­yaradzi Mavhiza, Gift Masimba and Ed­win Ching­waru. They were all fined $20 or risked 10 days im­pris­on­ment if they failed to pay the fine.

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