By William Milasi
Kwekwe City Council is seeking the protection of Midlands Provincial Affairs Minister Owen Ncube from increasingly violent vendors who are now manhandling municipal police officers.
Mayor Councillor Matenda Madzoke said the rogue vendors are defying a government directive to stop trading from the streets in the city centre
Local Government Minister July Moyo recently announced the traders must vacate city centres, warning the military would be deployed to clear those who defy the order.
“The minister (July Moyo) did not retract the statement about the ejection of vendors from the streets so the position still stands that vendors should leave the CBD.
“We need to deal with this situation immediately,” said Madzoke.
He told councillors in a recently held full council meeting that municipal cops were manhandled by the rogue traders.
“We are going to approach the Provincial Affairs Minister so that we can get assistance on the issue,” said the mayor.
“We have started again to have issues with the illegal vendors who have turned violent towards our law enforcement agents; recently they turned violent towards the officers.
Council has also blamed the ZRP for failing to assist in enforcement of the government directive.
“We need assistance from the police since our officers are vulnerable and being attacked by the vendors,” council director for central administration Lucia Mkandla said.
Town Clerk Emmanuel Musara however, vowed to kick vendors off the streets.
He is insisted that he would to carry out the local government minister’s directive as well as implement the 100-day plan of restoring sanity in the city.
“The Minister said that we must restore sanity in our city and that illegal vendors are not allowed in the CBD so we should clear the city within those hundred days,” said Musara.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has ordered his ministers to come up with 100-day quick-win intervention plans which make visible impact on the country.