Market demolitions affect ICBTs
The recent June demolitions that were carried out by Harare City Council, Chitungwiza Municipality, Ruwa Local Board, Epworth Local Board, ZRP and Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development had devastating impact on the livelihoods of informal sector.
The operation targeted informal traders operating along road servitudes or undesignated places selling furniture, vegetable vendors, flea markets, bricks, sand, among other things.
Women entrepreneurs were also affected because they conducted operations at undesignated markets due to limited workspace.
Zimbabwe Women’s Bureau (ZWB) is calling on the Government to facilitate construction of new markets, renovate and allocate small enterprises permanent workspace.
Speaking to ZWB members they highlighted the need for Harare City Council to accelerate the allocation of workspace at Mupedzanhamo market.
“The economic situation is hard for every Zimbabwean we want proper vending stalls to operate peacefully taneta nekupazirwa, kurohwa nekumhanyiswa,” Mrs Mpofu said.
It is known that Zimbabweans including those that are formally employed, have resorted to informal trading to make ends meet since some sections of the private sector reduced the number of working days for employees and cutting of salaries.
The demolitions of vending stalls and harassment of vendors by local authorities and police have worsened the burden on informal traders amid COVID-19 pandemic and the future remains uncertain. Some vendors have already returned to their usual workstations because of financial pressures and shortage of basic needs.
The Government must provide a stimulus social package to cushion informal traders who lost livelihoods and are experiencing resource constraints to curb violence, stop drug abuse and stop criminal activities.