Zimbabwe: Give Us Domestic Jobs At State House – Vendors Tell Govt, Defy 7-Day Ultimatum to Vacate Streets

Harare vendors have said they will only vacate the Central Building District (CBD) streets they sell their wares from if the government creates better employment opportunities for them.

The government last week gave the Harare City Council a seven-day ultimatum to remove the vendors out of the city due to rising cholera cases.

The Health Ministry said vending was fueling cholera cases in the capital.

A state of emergency was recently declared in Harare over the cholera outbreak that has killed dozens of people, with more than 7 000 suspected cases

Meanwhile, the Harare City Council held an emergency meeting Thursday to find ways to deal with the government directive on illegal vending in the CBD.

“We are having an emergency meeting to see how we can resolve the matter and comply with the government directive.

“The Council had already made some plans on the vendor’s plight,” Harare City spokesperson Stanley Gama told NewZimbabwe.com.

Vendors dismissed the government directive saying if working opportunities were available in the country, they would vacate the streets.

“We need jobs. There are no jobs in the country. Ngavatipe mabasa kuState House ikoko. Where can we go from here? Most of us are widows and single mothers fending for our kids through vending.

“We went to school.If the economy was flourishing, we would be employed somewhere. We are not happy being on these pavements. Let us join the government officials in their offices. I am sorry we cannot leave the CBD,” one vendor only identified as Varaidzo said.