SMEs Minister Sithembiso Nyoni criticises Harare City Council’s decision to chase away vendors from CBD

Small to Medium Enterprises Minister Sithembiso Nyoni told NewsDay yesterday that Harare City Council’s plan to chase away vendors from the streets without engaging them for a permanent solution would not work, as they would come back because vending has become part and parcel of their livelihoods.

Said Nyoni:

This move of just chasing vendors away from the streets without dialoguing is wrong. We need to dialogue with the SMEs and also to involve the ministry of SMEs. The way it is being done is just giving our people a hard time. We need to talk to them and plan with them. A lot of these local authorities do not realise that these vendors are part of the SMEs being co-ordinated by my
ministry. Chasing the vendors away from the streets on its own is not the right way. It has never worked and it will not work because people will come back again.

Last year, Harare authorities moved to remove vendors operating at illegal points, accusing them of causing the spread of typhoid, but the vendors’ representatives approached the courts to overturn the decision, citing an infringement of their rights.

More: NewsDay

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