Main­tain the op­er­a­tion against ven­dors

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - COMMENT -

OVER the past two weeks, there was chaos in town with run­ning bat­tles be­tween the po­lice and ven­dors.

We have seen this be­fore, with the po­lice and city coun­cil car­ry­ing out such a cam­paign for a short while and then just giv­ing up.

Noth­ing would have been achieved since the ven­dors would re­turn to their op­er­a­tions af­ter the blitz.

I think it would be a good idea if Gov­ern­ment sets up a per­ma­nent unit to deal with the ven­dor men­ace in Harare CBD.

If ven­dors are given a warn­ing and don’t com­ply, rather than chas­ing and beat­ing them up, they should just be ar­rested and locked up or pay heavy fines.

I think such dras­tic ac­tion would dis­cour­age them from com­mit­ting sim­i­lar of­fenses.

I am not say­ing that ven­dors are crim­i­nals, but the mo­ment they start op­er­at­ing in un­des­ig­nated ar­eas, then they are com­mit­ting a crime.

World­wide ven­dors are com­mon, but they con­duct their busi­ness in des­ig­nated spa­ces.

Harare City Coun­cil and town plan­ners should also play their part if this sit­u­a­tion is to be re­solved any­time soon.

Vend­ing spa­ces should be cre­ated in strate­gic places which are eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble.

Let us work to­gether to re­store the cap­i­tal to its Sun­shine City sta­tus. - Thu­lani Moyo, Harare

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