Vendors and traders under various banners have expressed anger over the manner in which they are being treated by authorities.
The various informal traders affiliated to the Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Association (ZCIEA) addressed the media in Bulawayo last week. President of ZICHEA, Lorraine Sibanda said:
Do not criminalize our work, after all, we feel let down by ruling party after July 30 elections, now we want a clear policy on informal work.
We thought that for a moment everything is going to be well for us but now we are the most to suffer from the US dollar ban.
Sibanda also bemoaned the government’s failure to engage vendors before the abolition of the multi-currency regime. She said:
We are in a state of confusion about the government’s move to ditch multi-currency use, I will not claim to know about how we, as informal economy traders going to move from here but my thinking is whenever there is change, there is a need for engagement and dialogue before a bombshell dropping on citizens.
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Bulawayo is Zimbabwe's second largest city. Its location was selected by the last Matebele king, King Lobengula. Bulawayo used to be one of the country's most attractive cities and a major transport hub for Southern Africa until Zimbabwe entered a period of economic depression in... Read More About Bulawayo