The local authority here recently relocated street vendors to a new flea market complex in the central business area.
The streets had been turned into a jungle by illegal street vendors. “The multi-purpose flea market will help bring sanity along the streets and pavements that had been invaded by desperate vendors who had no alternative vending sites,” said Mayor Farai Nyandoro.
The new flea market has been sited at the old vending complex demolished by the former Zanu (PF) government 2005 under the infamous Operation Murambatsvina. There was chaos following allocation of the stalls to more than 100 vendors, as some claimed that the exercise was carried out on partisan grounds.
“MDC supporters were discriminated against as the flea market project was identified as a Zanu (PF) empowerment scheme. A few lucky MDC vendors who were ‘mistakenly’ allocated market stalls were dumped away from customer passage-ways where their wares would not be visible. Vocal MDC activists like myself were completely denied access to stalls,” claimed a cell phone technician, Talkmore Chapendama.
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