Vendors in Gweru want the provincial minister for Midlands Larry Mavima to intervene in their standoff with the Zimbabwe Republic Police. The Gweru Vendors Association allege that they lost their merchandise when the police raided their stalls at Kudzanayi Long Distance Bus Terminus.
The police also arrested vendors who were accused of selling goods without licences. The goods have not been returned to their owners and vendors suspect that the police officers shared the goods amongst themselves. Speaking to the Southern Eye GVA chairman Reketayi Tanaka said
Most of the affected people were not selling the wares and police used bolt cutters to break into clockrooms manned by vendors. In one of the cases, a traveller disembarking from a bus on her way to her rural home from South Africa lost her groceries to the police. These are some of the issues we want to draw the minister’s attention to.
The information we have is that it was illegal for the police to do what they did. We have since liaised with Gweru Urban legislator (Brian) Dube to take the cops to court, but we want Minister Mavhima to help us get the wares back because reports now indicate that police shared the goods among themselves in violation of the law.