HARARE-The Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Dr Ignatius Chombo is on a collision course with First Lady, Dr Grace Mugabe who has come in full support of vendors.
Chombo said vendors should have regularised their operations within a week from today.
This effectively means that by Monday next week, all vendors illegally plying their trades at undesignated sites within Harare’s central business districts and in all towns after government approved an action plan by Harare’s city fathers which will see only six thousand vendors being permitted to lawfully operate in the capital.
However, the move by Chombo is in sharp contrast to a statement issued by Dr Grace Mugabe in March said vendors also have a right to earn a living without being tormented.
She urged Government to ensure that a conducive environment was put in place for women’s involvement in these sectors.
“This includes creation of facilities for women vendors who are usually subjected to all kinds of ill treatment,” said Amai Mugabe. “Mapurisa please mapurisa! Probably you were able to go to school and later be attested into the police force because your mother used to sell tomatoes to pay your school fees. Ngatiregerei kutorera vanhu zvinhu zvavo.
“If they are selling at undesignated places, tell them peacefully they will understand. Kana muine nzara musina matomatoes , kweretayi, chikwereti hachiurayi. Nokuti matomatoes iwayo nemiriwo yamuri kutora zvinenge zvichitengeswa paroad kana zvaakuzonzi ngazviburitswe tizvione panenge pasisina chinhu; zvakaora. Isu tinenge tatorerwa zvinhu zvedu zvichinzi zvakaora, tiratidzeyi zvakaora kudaro. Ngatiregerei kudarano veduwee — tiri kutsvaga kurarama.”
Amai Mugabe urged vendors to work hard and not to be shy when selling their wares.
“Madzimai tose tinotengesa zvatinotengesa ngatiregerei kunyara nekuti all this violence they perpetrate against us is because tinenge tisingakwanise kuzviitira,” she said.
“Usanyare mudzimai kuti unotengesa matomatoes. Ndorima kamunda kangu ndozotengesa nzungu dzangu kuti ndikwanise keundesa mwana kuchikoro.”