ZCIEA PRESS STATEMENT ON EVICTION OF VENDORS FROM KWEKWE AND GWERU SUDDENLY AFTER ELECTIONS
Whilst we know there is typhoid outbreak, it is a disease that need to be contained at all levels but we are concerned about the direct targeting and blame which is given to the vendors as causers of the typhoid.
Not all vendors who trade in streets are selling food products, some are selling electrical gadgets, general hardware etc. that has no association with typhoid and its spread. The blame started in Gweru where former Provincial Minister Cde Owen Ncube made the announcement and we saw running battles with police and vendors and it went to Kwekwe on the 3rd of September 2018 where vendors were also evicted from streets.
Just after being sworn in as Mayor of Harare councillor Herbert Gomba on the 3rd of September 2018, Councillor Herbert Gomba in his first speech he announced the removal of vendors as a top priority. This clearly confirms that the livelihood matter of the vendors in the streets is not being taken seriously by the people elected in public offices and we are very deeply concerned and disturbed by this especially that we are just coming from elections where every Zimbabwean citizen has hope and trust from the newly elected leadership.
ZCIEA is putting so much effort on advocacy matters to transform living standards of the vulnerable poor Zimbabweans who have mostly turned into vending just for them and their families to put food on the table.
Basically it is commonly known that outbreak of these water borne diseases like typhoid and cholera they are mainly as a result of poor service delivery particularly clean water provision, sewer maintenance, refuse collection and also strongly associated with poverty, so the priority local authorities should provide clean and safe water to the residents, maintain sewer systems and consistent refuse collection and this has nothing to do with vendors.
We would want to have a very productive and positive minded engagement with the local authorities on the role of the informal economy workers (vendors) can play to avoid activities which can contribute such outbreak through their workspaces.
Since we are in the new dispensation where the newly elected President of Zimbabwe His Excellency President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa has stood firm to include everyone in the rediscovering of our beautiful Zimbabwe where everyone has a role to play for its economic growth we expect a positive and welcoming local authorities to work on this together without criminalising vendors.
We would want to have a constructive dialogue with all local authorities in order to have Public Private Partnerships that can shift the face of our local authorities and citizens of Zimbabwe for a better economy. We will continue pushing for this engagement within the relevant ministries so that there is no fragmentation along the way.
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ZCIEA SECRETARY GENERAL