City battles vendors

Vendors at Sakubva Market have berated the City Council for failing to provide services.

“We are paying $7 a week for each of the 320 tables – but the area is a health time bomb,” said Spiwe Manyara, one of 300 local vendors.

They accused the municipal police for failing to maintain order and demanding bribes from traders.

Vendors also registered their displeasure over the slow pace being taken by the council to construct a more spacious market. They have been operating at an open space parking space adjacent to Sakubva Stadium since 2005.

They also alleged that the council is failing to regulate the smooth operations between the wholesale and retail markets. The Zimbabwe Chamber of the Informal Economy Association President, Phillip Sanzvenga, told this paper they had engaged the local authority to address the matter.

He said the informal sector had become the main source of livelihood after the closure of major companies.

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