National Vendors Union Zimbabwe (NAVUZ) proposes a 100 day period from the government to decongest the city, this was said in a press conference held today at Harare Town House.
The conference was chaired by Sten Zvorwadza ,board chairperson of National Vendors Union Zimbabwe claims that given necessary support 100 days are enough to see movement in the positive direction of decongestion and hopes this will permanently eradicate the incessant threat of medieval plagues like cholera and typhoid.
Zvorwadza who was a staunch critic of the ZANU PF -Mugabe era stance on vendors and anti-poverty but has since softened and re-joined ZANU PF said,
“The use of force as prescribed in the previous confrontation between the Zimbabwe Republic Police, Harare Municipal Police and the vendors has failed to achieve the desired results ,it’s time to pursue other persuasive and participatory strategies and NAVUZ strategy proposes a 100 day period to start recording fruits of its initiative .”
Speaking to the media, the City of Harare Corporate communications manager Michael Chideme said:
“City of Harare is happy to work with the National Vendors Union Zimbabwe and appreciating their cooperation as it avoids the ‘cat and mouse’ activity of the police the vendors in the CBD.”
NAVUZ has partnered with a number of institutions like POSB,TelOne ,NetOne ,Nbs Bank and City of Harare to see this reality through. The partnership’s key objective and deliverable is to support Informal trading decongestion initiatives.