The Zimbabwe Republic Police has closed down the Charge Office Flea Market saying it poses a security threat. The police allegedly evicted the vendors who had been operating at the site with no prior warning. Confirming the issue, National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said,
The Zimbabwe Republic Police bears with the innocent people who have been affected by the decision to stop vending at ZRP Harare Central car park. Vending at Harare Central has been stopped since it has become a real security threat.
Intelligence gathered indicates that there are certain individuals/groups who want to take advantage of the goodwill of the police to commit subversive acts. This is also coupled with obstruction of the smooth flow of traffic at or near Harare Central and surrounding areas.