WATCH: Zim police launch Operation Restore Order | News24

WATCH: Zim police launch Operation Restore Order | News24

Harare – Zimbabwean police have launched a campaign to clear Harare’s streets of illegal vendors, a coalition of rights group said on Thursday.

Source: WATCH: Zim police launch Operation Restore Order | News24

A short video clip posted by the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum showed helmeted riot police on the back of an armoured troop carrier parked in Robert Mugabe Road, while vendors apparently pack their wares.

“Zimbabwe Republic Police launching ‘operation restore order’ on vendors on Rbt Mugabe rd in Hre’s CBD!” the group tweeted, in reference to the code name given to the police blitz by the authorities.

The group also tweeted a picture of a police water cannon patrolling the streets.

The move came after Mugabe on Saturday complained that roads in central Harare, including the one named after him, were dirty and overcrowded with illegal street traders who block traffic. “We must clear the roads,” he said.

On Wednesday Harare’s provincial minister, Miriam Chikukwa ordered illegal vendors and taxi operators to vacate the city centre with “immediate effect”, said the state-run Herald.

The minister was speaking at a briefing with top security officials.

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    Sam Smiler 2 months

    Where will these poor people go? They are trying to make an honest living and would not be there unless the economic situation improves. Create adequate space for them to hawk their goods instead of purchasing million dollar luxury vehicles!!