The government has ordered vendors operating from illegal sites all over the country to move to approved vending sites with emphasis made to those operating in the capital’s Central Business District or face the wrath of the law.

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The Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Ignatius Chombo, said vendors should have regularised their operations within a week from today.

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This effectively means the honey moon is now over for all vendors illegally plying their trades at undesignated sites within Harare’s central business districts and in all towns after government approved an action plan by Harare’s city fathers which will see only six thousand vendors being permitted to lawfully operate in the capital.

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Brigadier-General Anselem Nhamo Sanyatwa, who is within the Joint Operations Command, warned those entertaining the idea of resisting government’s directive to move to the approved sites.

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The Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Province, Miriam Chikukwa, urged full compliance as the move is meant to bring sanity into the city.

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The meeting was attended by the city fathers and representatives of vendors unions who also expressed their concerns.

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The approved City of Harare action plan meant to relocate the vendors estimates the illegal vendors at 10 thousand. The CBD can only accommodate six thousand.