Government moves to eliminate space barons

by | Jan 13, 2022 | Local News | 0 comments


Yvonne Mutambwa

Government says it has plans to build appropriate stalls for vendors whose structures were demolished in the past and recent blitzes against illegal buildings.

The search for a suitable investor is currently on.

In Mbare, Harare`s informal sellers hub, hundreds of structures especially tuckshops and stalls were demolished by authorities led by City of Harare.

Addressing the issue, Harare Metropolitan Affairs Minister Oliver Chidawu said there was a need to restore order, but they will make provisions for the affected vendors.

“No one is allowed to go on the streets to sell wares as the streets are designed for cars. People must be where it is designated for vendors. We have not been providing adequate space for them, but now alternative space has been given which is Shawasha grounds,” said Minister Chidawu

“We have decided that everyone goes into Shawasha grounds. We are going to build temporary structures there until we get an investor.

We have already cancelled the previous investor who has failed to perform. So it has just been closed all these years,” Minister Chidawu added.

The exercise has extended to all congested areas, including Chitungwiza.

The dormitory town`s Mayor, Lovemore Maiko said informal traders must adhere to regulations and operate from designated spaces.

Harare Provincial Development Coordinator Mr Tafadzwa Muguti said when the premises are availed, local authorities will be able to deal with vendors eliminating middlemen and space barons.