Vendors operating at Gweru’s Kudzanayi long-distance bus terminus have been given a seven-day ultimatum by the council to vacate their vending stalls.
This has not gone done well with vendors’ representatives who have singled out chamber secretary Vakai Douglas Chikwekwe for pushing for the move.
Gweru Vendors Association chairperson, Lovemore Reketayi told NewsDay that the structures had been there since 1973. He said:
Our members are telling us that the management at the council has Zanu PF stalwarts and is trying to frustrate the MDC councillors by harassing its supporters at the terminus.
The so-called illegal structures have been there since 1973, so what is the fuss now. Chikwekwe now acts as if he is the Minister of Local Government himself.
Last week he tried to enforce that move and we appealed to the Gweru district administrator [Joram Chimedza], who said the vendors should be regularised so that they start paying.
We have about 1 000 vendors in the rank and we proposed $3 a day, they can contribute $3 000 daily which is $90 000 a month.
That money can improve service delivery and even pay council workers who have salary backlogs, while at the same time making vendors who are unemployed feed their families.
But Chikwekwe has refused to take that offer. We are now appealing to higher offices.
Meanwhile, Gweru mayor councillor Josiah Makumbe said that he would visit the vendors and hear their grievances before sitting with council management to resolve the issues.