Some of the vendors are refusing to go, insisting that all the designated places they are told to go are full. They know if they leave, they will not have another source of income. Chasing vendors away will not solve much; instead there will be more starving people to add to those who are poverty stricken.
Monday morning more than 500 vendors who had moved to Four Ways vending mall were left in a fury after receiving a sudden eviction notice from the management. The notice, which is said to have been prompted by Harare City Council’s call to temporarily evict the market until further notice was made.
“Please be advised that we are suspending trading operations at Four Ways Vendors Mall temporarily while addressing issues as per Council directive. You are therefore immediately required to remove all your wares from the premises and resume trading only after further notice.” reads part of the notice.
The place was hailed for decongesting the CBD since it is fenced and at the margins of the town centre. Meanwhile the war between the vendors and the joined forces of the ZRP and council police continues.