Bulawayo council unveils 4,000 vending bays

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THE Bulawayo City Council has reportedly unveiled four thousand vending bays as preparation for the removal of informal traders from the city’s streets in line with government orders.
Vendors had taken over most of pavements in the central business district to eke out a living as the economy continues to struggle.
In a move that brought back memories of Operation Murambatsvina, local government minister Ignatius Chombo ordered councils to remove vendors from the streets and allocate them cites in designated vending sites. 
The ultimatum expired Friday amid panic and anxiety among millions of vendors and informal traders across the country. 
In an interview, an official representing the Bulawayo Amalgamated Traders Association said council had informed them that new bays had been unveiled. 
“The city council informed us that they have unveiled about 4000 bays in Nkulumane for use by vendors,” the official said. 
He called upon members of his organisation to make use of these bays.
“I would like to urge members of our association and any informal trader to take advantage of these bays that the council has unveiled instead of rushing to the city centre where they will be engaged in running battles with the police,” he said. 
Bulawayo Upcoming Traders Association representative, Dumisani Ncube, said they would push for a deadline extension from Chombo. 
“We had a meeting with the city council who informed us that they have identified space in Nkulumane where they are going to put some bays.
“While we applaud this development, most of the vendors did not come forward to register so that we know how many bays are needed in the city. 
“There is still a lot to be done and we will approach minister Chombo to ask for an extension. We cannot talk of a deadline when the bays are yet to be handed over to the people,” said Ncube. Advertisement