Informal traders fear repeat of Murambatsvina

The Zimbabwe Informal Sectors’ Organisation (Ziso) fears the government will repeat the infamous Operation Murambatsvina/Operation Restore Order of 2005 that left hundreds of thousands homeless if it heeds calls to remove vendors from the streets of Harare.

This comes after a call made by Mashonaland Central Senator Monica Mavhunga in Parliament and repeated efforts by the Ministry of Local Government and council to remove vendors from the streets.

Ziso said the government had a duty to put appropriate measures in place to ensure that informal traders have alternative and viable means of making a living.

“Ziso is concerned that the government will repeat its callous actions of 2005’s Operation Murambatsvina where the government ruthlessly demolished people’s homes and only belatedly sought to provide alternative accommodation, which it failed leading to a humanitarian crisis,” the organisation said.

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