31 March 2017, CHIREDZI - Chiredzi Town Council Environmental Health Officer Edson Nyadenga last week clashed with vendors over their relocation to designated market places during a vendors and hawkers stakeholders meeting held at Town Council Boardroom last week.
Nyadenga said council is to move back vendors to their designated places since some of the places are a health time bomb and some vendors are failing to pay levies to the council.
"As council we have decided to relocate vendors to their designated places. This is because some of the vendors are failing to pay market levy to council, at the banana flee market we have finished all the renovations and we feel that the vendors should occupy their places.
"We are not happy with the situation at the banana flee market for there might be an outbreak of cholera if vendors at that place do not exercise hygiene. There is also Msasa drive where there are vendors everywhere, council is yet to give a warning for they should go in the Flee market not in street, we will only allow vendors who sell hardware equipment and they will be in front of N.Richards wholesale," said Nyadenga.
Nyadenga also announced the designated places for vendors .Council has seen it not suitable to place mobile pay toilets in the streets for some of the vendors are selling on residential areas.
"For the designated places there is Banana and flee market at the light industry ,vegetable market along one way, vegetable market at Zava, Musika wematanda vegetable market. For some of the market places vendors should engage council and council will be the one to consider if the place is proper.
" It is however not proper for us to place mobile pay toilets at all the points where vendors are, some are in the residential areas for it is not suitable to place toilets ,residents need to breath fresh air" added Nyadenga.
However speaking to (CHIRRA) Chiredzi Residents Rate Payers Association Secretary Munyaradzi Chindowe denied the idea that vendors relocate to their designated places due to economic hardship and population increase.
"Vendors are in the streets because most people do not have jobs, our economy is not stable. Council should allow vendors to sell their products in streets since they are paying a fee to local council which will all be a benefit to the residents," said Chindowe.local