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Vendors take council to court

Clive Makumbe

Vendors are set to take Gweru City Council to court over the impounding of basic commodities worth over $10 000 at Kudzanayi busterminus last week.
Various commodities found on the vendors’ stalls included sugar, soft drinks, cooking oil, soap, rice, cement were seizure in a joint operation conducted by the municipal police and members of ZRP.
Gweru Vendors Association Chairperson, Lovemore Reketayi said vendors in the city have resolved to take the  all vendors in the local authority and the militia to court in bid to recover the seizure goods.
“We are ready for court and we will not let them take our hard earned goods. We have approached Gweru urban MP Brian Dube to assist us in taking the proper procedures.
Reketayi added that, when they approached former Midlands minister for provincial affairs Owen Ncube before, he declared municipal police actions as illegal until proper structures for vendors have been
constructed.
“We have approached the former minister Ncube before and said that
proper shelter has to be built first before confiscating goods. The local authority has to do something about this before this situation gets out of hand. I am confident that the current minister (Mavima) will support us,” he said.
However, most residents in the city have welcomed the police move to seizure basic commodities from vendors accusing them of bulk buying and reselling at higher prices. Gweru Urban Member of Parliament, Brian Dube said it was wrong for police to seizure goods from vendors and other traders .
“I have instructed leaders of the vendors to make a list of their
colleagues who were affected by the illegal operation and had their goods siezured by police. I also told them to quantify the goods so that their value is calculated. After that I am taking the police to court,” he said.

Midlands provincial police spokesperson Joel Goko was quoted by the media that, police actions were justified because vendors were selling basic commodities without licences.
“The goods are being kept and determination on whether they are returned to the vendors will be made by the police,” he said.

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