Gweru vendors are up in arms with the Zimbabwe Republic Police over the auctioning of goods seized from vendors operating at Kudzanayi Bus Terminus.
The vendors claim that the goods that were auctioned by the police are less than the goods seized. Vendors suspect that police officers have converted some of the goods to personal use.
Gweru Vendors’ Association chairperson Lovemore Reketayi said:
The vendors are not happy because almost 90% of the goods that were taken from them were not brought out for the auction.
Personally, I lost about R40 000 worth of goods that I was keeping in my cloakroom on behalf of some travellers when police alleged I was selling them illegally.
However, the quantities at the auction were far too low than what was taken from me alone, not talking of other vendors. It looks like the police stole our goods.
There are vendors who just sat back when their goods were confiscated, thinking they would be returned on the basis of court challenges by their colleagues. These are the most affected because they now have been told by the police that their goods can no longer be traced.