Gweru vendors comply with government directive

By Tafara Chikumira
VENDORS operating in Gweru have complied with the government directive to voluntarily move their wares and pave way for the renovation of Kudzanai bus terminus and Kombayi markets.
The vendors who had been given an ultimatum to move their wares by Monday heeded the call by the local authority as they moved their wares with no incident.
Midlands minister of state for provincial affairs Senator Larry Mavhima who toured the market places in the Central Business District says he was impressed by the discipline exhibited by the vendors during the exercise.
“What we have seen is what we expect from the Midlanders. They heard our call and complied. We are saying this is the beginning of bigger things to come. We need to move with times and it is time we start to come up with smart city concepts. This can only be possible if we work together,” he said.
Gweru mayor Councillor Josiah Makombe says people must not view the move by the local authority as punishment but rather as a blessing in disguise.
“There has been word to the effect that we want to punish vendors. On the contrary, we have our people at heart. What we are doing is creating room to upgrade these markets. People will not be moved forever as they will come back to better markets with proper ablution facilities. Their movement to the new site is therefore temporary….” he said.
The city fathers are in the process of constructing a new market in Mtapa to house vendors, with those who were operating in the CBD set to be given first priority.