105 vendors arrested in Rusape for vending Informal economy workers and traders are still being criminalized in Zimbabwe and this led to high incidents of brutal evictions of vendors from their workplaces, arrests, and confiscation of goods by Zimbabwe Republic Police and Municipal Police.
We the Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations condemn the brutal shooting of Informal trader, Tinashe Zharare by the Zimbabwe Republic Police in Chitungwiza on Sunday the 5th of July 2020 at Jambanja Market. This incident has now resulted in the serious injury of an informal trader who is a Zimbabwean citizen with rights to enjoy a living.
Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA ) do appreciate the re-opening of the Informal Economy Operations as directed by His Excellency President E.D. Mnangagwa on his phase 3 of level 2 lockdown national address. In his action points on the 11th of June 2020, The President said the Informal Sector is now allowed to operate on condition they register with their authorities first as part of the government efforts to formalise their operations.
We the undersigned associations, concerned about the delays in the payments of the cushioning grants that was supposed to cushion vendors and informal traders; We call upon government through its relevant ministries to provide information on progress made so far. We also call on government through its relevant ministries to immediately release the cushioning fund as the situation is dire for many vendors and informal traders. We also call on government to state the proposed figures that will be disbursed.
Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA) is deeply saddened by the horrible, inhuman and ruthless destruction of vendors’ stalls in Kwekwe, Mbare, Machipisa and other areas by the local authorities. As an organization that works with and represents informal economy workers across 42 territories in Zimbabwe, ZCIEA sees this action as a silent form of harassment and torture of innocent citizens on informal economy trading for survival.
The following associations, representing workers in the informal economy throughout Zimbabwe, have formed an alliance under the theme “The Informal Economy Matters”. Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA) Bulawayo Vendors’ and Traders’ Associations (BVTA) Women Alliance of Business Associations of Zimbabwe (WABAZ) Zimbabwe Cross Border Traders’ Association (ZCBTA) The objective of the alliance is to obtain recognition of and respect for the informal economy as a key component of Zimbabwe’s national economy and to promote the rights of workers in the informal economy.