Mbare man dies as municipal police unleash violence on vendors

city_of_harareMbare vendor Godfrey Tonde, is reported to have died on Monday after falling while trying to run away from the municipal police who were beating street vendors. The Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) issued a statement saying it is deeply saddened by the unfortunate and unnecessary death of Tonde.

The residents association said this incident comes barely a week after the municipal police descended on the vendors at Fourth Street Bus Terminus; a situation that saw the vendors retaliating and throwing stones at the municipal police trucks. Last week SW Radio Africa reported on the running battles that took place where the municipal police were accused of being thugs in the manner in which they deal with the general public. CHRA also said the municipal police have become a nightmare to most vendors in the streets of Harare, who are continuously suffering beatings for allegedly doing business at undesignated points.

The CHRA statement said: The current situation where vendors do not have market stalls to do their business is reflective of the Councils failure to properly provide its ratepayers with adequate social services. These people were condemned into this unfortunate situation by Operation Murambatsvina; and correcting that malady is supposed to be one of the priorities of Council. It is now more than twelve months since the Council came into Office; and concrete steps to improve the lives of the Harare populace should have been taken by now.

The vocal group said Tondes death was unnecessary and that Council should be held responsible for his death and should bear all the funeral expenses for the Mbare vendor. CHRA also called on the municipality to stop harassing vendors.

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