via MDC-T-run authorities rally behind vendors – NewsDay Zimbabwe June 8, 2015
OPPOSITION MDC-T-run local authorities have vowed to rally behind street vendors and resist any attempts by the Zanu PF government to forcefully remove them from the streets.
The resolution was made at a special MDC-T councillors’ meeting held on Saturday in Harare which was also attended by party leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
This came as the government at the weekend gave vendors until June 26 to relocate to designated vending sites or risk being pushed out by State security agents.
“As councillors, we were elected into office by the people and we recognise the hardships that our people are facing in the communities in which they live. In that regard, we salute the efforts that are being made by citizens to earn an honest living by operating as vendors and all other forms of small-scale enterprise,” read a statement from MDC-T councillors.
“It is our conviction that dialogue with all concerned stakeholders will enable us to reach amicable solutions to the problems that this upsurge in informal sector activity has caused.
“We do not believe in either coercion or the use of force and we distance ourselves from any declaration that seeks to draw our military or security services into confrontation with people who are not a threat to anyone.”