Many women and youth are unemployed and have turned to informal trading for survival as the economy continues to worsen.
Speaking during a Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCoZ) and Transparency, Responsiveness, Accountability, and Citizen Engagement (TRACE) virtual meeting held last week, participants pleaded for more market stalls to be availed for ease of doing business.
One of the participants, called on the local authority to heed to their calls so as to avoid a scenario where they engage in running battles with the police.
“On the issue of informal traders, council is not providing enough vending space for us to sell our goods. Sometimes you go to sell in the CBD but the police will always chase you and sometimes take whatever you will be selling. Informal trading and vending is now our source of income and we would like to plead with the local authority to take us into consideration because we are sending children to school and feeding our families through informal trading,” said a participant.
Masvingo Mayor, Collen Maboke said a resolution had been made towards expanding market stalls and that the local authority was targeting to construct more markets.
“A resolution was done a long time ago targeting the improvement of market stalls in the city. The money which we collect from vendors at our markets will be used to construct and expand our markets,” said Maboke.
The number of vendors especially in the CBD has ballooned due to the high economic activity and street pavements have become the new market stalls for vendors.
Many people have been arrested while some have had their goods taken by the police and municipal police who will be chasing after them.