The Zimbabwe Daily
By Kudzai Muchenjekwa/Everson Mushava/Kenneth Nyangani
POLICE yesterday reinforced their security, with some police details getting onto the streets armed with AK-47 rifles, as the law enforcement agency upped its effort to evict defiant vendors from Harare streets.
A vendor had to abandon her vegetables after police violently dispersed informal traders along Jason Moyo Avenue in Harare on Thursday evening
The police crackdown spread to social movement group, #Tajamuka/Sesijikile spokesperson Promise Mkwananzi who was arrested a few minutes after addressing a Press conference denouncing police brutality on vendors.
The situation was tense, as police and the vendors continued with their cat-and-mouse chases, with the illegal merchants defying the heavily armed police, forming pockets around the city, where they rebelliously continued selling their wares.
Apart from being armed, water cannons were also patrolling the CBD to force the vendors off the streets
The Zimbabwe Republic Police and the Harare municipal police launched a blitz against vendors at the weekend in a bid to control the spread of cholera that has so far claimed 32 lives out of the over 7 000 reported cases around the country, with the majority of cases in Harare’s high-density suburbs of Glen View and Budiriro.
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