Govt orders vendors, pirate taxis out of CBD

Minister Chikukwa

Minister Chikukwa

Fidelis Munyoro Chief Court Reporter—
GOVERNMENT has ordered illegal vendors and pirate taxis operating in the Central Business District (CBD) to move to designated sites with immediate effect. Addressing journalists yesterday during a Joint Operations Command (JOC) briefing attended by representatives of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF), Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS), including officials from the Harare City Council (HCC) and the Environment Management Agency (EMA), Harare Metropolitan Provincial Affairs Minister Miriam Chikukwa bemoaned the deplorable state of the capital.


She said the proliferation of illegal vending sites, including illegal pick-up and drop-off points by commuter omnibuses and pirate taxis (mushika-shika) in the CBD, had resulted in serious problems such as traffic congestion and loss of lives. The minister, however, did not state measures which the city will take in the event that vendors resist the move to drive them out of the city.

“I am instructing everyone vending illegally and operating kombis and mushika-shika using undesignated routes within the CBD area to move to designated areas as stated in their letters from the Harare City Council,” said Minister Chikukwa.

The Minister urged vendors and transport operators to approach the HCC in order to be registered and allocated vending sites and operating routes, respectively. The local authority was also directed to ensure that vendors comply with the city’s by-laws.

“In addition, kombis should comply with the law and use designated routes and pick-up points,” she said.
“They should, with immediate effect, stop plying undesignated routes and pick-up points in order to decongest the CBD.” Minister Chikukwa said council had since established designated sites outside the CBD for inter-city and rural termini.

These include Corner Dieppe and Seke roads; Corner Simon Mazorodze and Chitungwiza Road; Corner Rottenrow and Coventry roads; Golden Quarry road site near National Sports Stadium; and Robert Mugabe road terminus opposite Rhodesville Police Station. HCC health director Dr Prosper Chonzi noted that it was important to prevent the city from decaying to the 2008 level, which spawned diseases such as Cholera. The situation obtaining now is a clear example of a fall in environmental standards, We do not want a repeat of that. Our thrust as City of Harare is that we trade in an environment where everybody enjoys the benefit of being in Harare. So those allocated vending sites should move to the designated areas and do their business there, . He urged all unregistered vendors to approach their offices, saying registration was still in progress. Over 3 800 vendors have been registered in the past two days,” said Dr Chonzi.

“We also want to reiterate that council by-laws do not allow push-carts in the city and cooking business, which has mushroomed all over. This interferes with the free flow of traffic.” Dr Chonzi said most vendors were keeping their wares and dumping rubbish in storm drains, thereby choking the city’s reticulation system. This, he said, results in potentially fatal flash floods when the rainy season begins. Harare Metropolitan EMA manager Mr Benson Basera said the clean-up exercise was timely considering that the rains were now imminent.

“We appreciate what the council has done. It is a development in the right direction. We want to abate pollution by all means,”said Mr Bhasera. The move to remove illegal vendors from the streets follows President Mugabe’s call to restore sanity in the capital city. Addressing members of the Zanu-PF Youth League National Assembly from the country’s 10 provinces at the party’s headquarters in Harare last week, President Mugabe said the capital city must be the smartest of all the country’s towns.

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  • Moe_Scyslack2

    First fix the economy and the rest will take care of itself. Why would I sell bananas if I could be gainfully employed ku industry?

  • mandevu

    ridiculous! if we had a thriving economy I could understand some of the proposals, but we don’t,. And to be honest the authorities should look at some global trends in food retailing before this sort of heavy handed bureaucracy

  • Awayfornow

    Agree with Miriam Chikukwa that City of Harare needs to be sanitary and orderly.

    I would suggest she looks at the reasons why it isn’t…..unemployment….de-industrialisation…….failure to invest in proper transport infrastructure….corruption

  • Madara

    yeah saying something is very different from implementing it. and then there is also worlds apart from implementing it badly (with bulldozers etc) and properly (fixing the economy).
    either nothing will happen or the implementation will be so poor that everything will be worse.

  • Madara

    wont work. first… no money…. second… the problem will just start in that city too. cant run away from the root causes of all these problems

  • gede-think tank

    we have developed cities dzatafamba kwazvo, people walk and even longer distances than fourth to kaguvi. By people , I mean the aged as well. Its a matter of mental attitude and life style change. In the developed world we even have more people who are economically better off than zimbos ,yet these people use bicycles, are adopting climate smart strategies and abandoning these smokey combustion engines ,mota dzenyu. This obviously does not apply to zim. Your desire for so called convenience just fuels lawlessness. No wonder why we have people being misled to believe in a 3 day pregnancy , that is zim for you. A land of the mentally dead. We don’t believe in processes ,no waiting , no order ,everything goes. No time schedules , you walk out of the house straight into a kombi or fun cargo etc and you call that order. At times one thinks the gvt is crazy but its actually the citizens who are living in cuckoo land.

  • Mambo

    Shamari Gede fungawo. Taxis mshika mshika are people who need jobs – let them be licenced and ferry people to certain locations where population is lower and ban kombis on that route. Then let the kombis service routes with higher populations and demand for transport.

  • Mambo

    Win win everyone is happy – inyaya yekurongeka and trying out ideas. Haisi yekungobatana ma collar nekungotukana kunge mahwindi asvuta mbanje.

  • missing front tooth

    ah ok…. i like nivea go light a lot!! its my favorite! I buy it in 20L containers very week. And i use colgate, a lot!