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Vendors defy police as deadline nears

HUNDREDS of informal traders operating at undesignated sites in Harare yesterday defied a police ban and breached an anti-riot police barricade as they marched towards Parliament Building where they presented a petition demanding to be allowed to continue selling their wares in the central business district.

Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo early this month ordered street vendors to move to the designated sites by tomorrow or face unspecified action.

However, the vendors have vowed to ignore the deadline arguing that the designated sites cannot accommodate all of them and do not have adequate sanitary facilities.

As the deadline drew closer, members of the National Vendors’ Union of Zimbabwe (Navuz) marched to Parliament defying the heavy police presence along the way.

Some of the vendors could be heard hurling insults at police officers who attempted to block the march.

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