LATEST: Vendors “disappear” from CBD

Robert Mugabe and Rezende Streets intersection had become fruit and vegetables market. (Pictures by Innocent Makawa)

Robert Mugabe and Rezende Streets intersection had become a fruit and vegetables market. (Pictures by Innocent Makawa)

Freeman Razemba Crime Reporter
Police were today heavily deployed in and around the city to ensure peace prevails during a crackdown against illegal street vendors and pirate taxis operating in the Harare Central Business District (CBD).

This comes after Government ordered the street vendors and pirate taxis to move to designated sites with immediate effect.

Police patrol the streets of Harare today

Police patrol the streets of Harare today

Addressing journalists 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), and 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.

A tour by The Herald of streets in the city revealed that a large number of vendors had complied with the orders while a few hotheads were playing cat and mouse games with the law enforcement agents.

It was business as usual for pirate taxis at Market Square bus terminus

It was business as usual for pirate taxis at Market Square bus terminus

Vendors operating in down town streets would hide their wares when they see police coming and resume selling as soon as they were out of sight.

Pirate taxis continued to operate in spite of the Government directive.

There have been no incidences of violence recorded during the operation so far.

Some street vendors did not take heed of the Government directive

Some street vendors did not take heed of the Government directive

Harare City Council spokesperson Mr Michael Chideme said the operation was going on well.

Commuter omnibuses at the intersection of Angwa and Robert Mugabe Streets

Commuter omnibuses at the intersection of Angwa and Robert Mugabe Streets

“We are progressing very well and there is peace and tranquility. There is order and no resistance at all,” he said.

More details to follow…

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  • gede-think tank

    nhaiwe mpengo ,ukati dzako dziri right shuwa. People are simply being told to go to the right trading places. ikoko kune matoilets and zvivakwa including hutsanana. kunge tsitsi , tibvireipo ana mupengo.

  • gede-think tank

    the government should put laws that punish citizens who promote illegal activities. Those that hitch hike at undesignated sites and those that buy from vendors in streets. Citizens are not helping the situation ,punish them if they are off side

  • Chamunorwa

    How did you arrive at that fanciful figure? The truth is that there is no meaningful business which can be transacted at those designated areas. One detects an unbridled sycophancy in your comments. You seem to think along party lines.

  • Chamunorwa

    You must have a lot of time on your hands.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Yes jobs should be created in the private sector companies not in the public sector . This is why as economists we say the public sector size should be reduced so that it does not crowd out the private sector over resources. The negative effects of sanctions over the past years after our land reform have made it difficult for our economic system to operate smoothly. Political opposition elements try to mislead the urban residents hoping to Harvest votes. Our unemployment is higher that other African countries because of sanctions. We will continue to fight sanctions. I know there are stooges who have attacked me on this forum for continuing to raise the issue of sanctions. God commands me to continue preaching on the issue. The government cannot allow people to do all sorts of activities because of, mainly , the effects of sanctions. Pasi MDC for supporting sanctions.

    • Chamunorwa

      The land reform exercise was concluded a decade or so ago. By now, the Government should have devised a sensible economic policy which addresses the “sanctions’.

  • Madara

    whos my party? didnt know i had a party. interesting.
    haha. your god doesnt exist. it was invented by the very white man you oppose so much

  • Madara

    the thing is your party is made up of humans. corrupt humans who make all the decisions. did you think they were computers or robots?

  • Madara

    the only sanctions are those imposed by your party.
    even if all “sanctions” were taken away it doesnt mean anyone in their right mind will want to invest or lend to this country.

  • Sengu RaMudhara

    Much as I empathize with these people…I still feel this was the right move…Clean the city please!!!