Masvingo City Council has started clearing vendors from most street corners ahead of President Robert Mugabe’s visit where he is expected to officiate at the groundbreaking ceremony of the dualisation project of the Harare-Beitbridge Highway tomorrow morning at Chaka business centre, before proceeding to commission the completed Tokwe-Mukosi Dam in the afternoon.
Early this week, Masvingo City Council trucks were impounding vendors’ wares. However, Masvingo mayor Hubert Fidze said the exercise had nothing to do with Mugabe’s visit and said vendors should go to designated areas like the Chitima Market. He also said that shop owners and other licensed vendors were complaining about losing revenue to unregistered vendors.
This is not the first time Masvingo has received a face-lift ahead of Mugabe’s visit as last year some major roads were marked, patched up and resurfaced, while the long-forgotten Masvingo Airport was refurbished ahead of Zanu-PF’s congress held at Masvingo Showgrounds.