Government urged to engage vendors and not use brute force

Promise Mkwananzi (Tajamuka/Sesjikile)

By Staff Reporter

The police crackdown on vendors, use of force is uncalled for and government must provide alternatives to allow for an amicable solution to this crisis. Police raids on vendors have continued in government quest to clear the city.

Addressing a press conference in Harare, Promise Mkwananzi said, “We call on the government to immediately cease the use of force against civilians and enter into negotiations with the vendors and all other relevant stakeholders to find an amicable and lasting solution to the vendors crisis in Zimbabwe.

We are fully cognisant of the inconvenience vendors have on members of the public who want to enjoy a clean city and free movement within cities he added.

Speaking at the same press conference, Munjodzi Mutandire of Organising for Zimbabwe said, “The prevailing economic conditions and the uncertainty around the economic trajectory two months after an election should be pointers to a dire need for dialogue between the government and its citizens.

The president met with vendors earlier this year, and promised to support vendors through its government programs.

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