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Flea marketers invade loading bays

By Martin Mawaya

Gweru city council is losing revenue at Kudzanai bus terminus as the flea marketers invaded the loading bays for the long distance transporters.
Transporters have resorted to pick and drop passengers outside the designated places to illegal points thereby evading payments to council and causing congestion at the one-way road in First Street

The illegal vendors are not paying anything to the city council and most of them are in the business of selling clothes and footwear
In an interview with this reporter, most of the vendors said they have no place to market their products.

“We have no market place to sell our products hence we take advantage of these bays to sell clothes and footwear as we also need to feed our families and survive.
“As you can see that the economic situation is tough one cannot sit at home and expect miracles,” said Chipo Chingwere.

Another flea marketer Phillip Munemo said they are aware that trading at loading bays is illegal.
“We know that council doesn’t allow us to sell our wares at the bus loading bays but what can we do its hustling for survival.
“We are risking because the economy is in turmoil and we are not spared,” said Munemo.
Mayor of Gweru councilor Josiah Makombe vowed that council is going to deal decisively with the illegal vendors.
“Those who are invading the space where buses are supposed to park are doing it illegal and we are going to make sure that they are removed.

“We are not going to fold hands and allow such disorderly where people take law into their own hands and allocate trading space without council approval. We are coming for them and they must be prepared to move,” he said.
He encouraged the occupants to engage council.
“As the Mayor of Gweru my office is open to discuss with them. They should organize themselves and make way for dialogue.

“We need to find a lasting solution together rather than to wait for running battles with our municipal police,” said Makombe.

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