Vendors besiege council offices

More than 200 vendors at Checheche Growth Point besieged council offices demanding that the local authority rein in errant council workers and police who were harassing them.

The vendors, who included widowed women and their children, said they were constantly being harassed by the council workers.

Leader of the vendors, Dorothy Mabharera, told The Zimbabwean that they were paying a dollar a day to sell at the market. She accused the council workers of taking bribes and constantly making demands on them.

Another vendor, Sekai Mlambo, said she was taking care of five children who needed school fees, food and clothing.

“They took everything I was selling and I struggled to get capital to re-start the business,” Mlambo said.

Tinashe Chamisa, one of the young vendors who sells bananas and oranges at the market, said council workers were in the habit of changing selling points for vendors and demanding bribes to position them at strategic points.

Chipinge Rural District council chairman Rapheus Mapahla who was at the Checheche council offices addressed the vendors and promised to look into the issue, after which they dispersed.

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