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SOME vendors operating at Harare’s biggest flea market have complained that they are being threatened with eviction because they were allegedly brought in by former Lands and Rural Development Minister Tendai Savanhu.

Savanhu is one of the 16 ministers fired by President Robert Mugabe for being part of an alleged coup plot led by Joice Mujuru who was also dismissed as vice president.

Flea market operators at Mupedzanhamo in Mbare now say there is a campaign to remove those brought in by the former minister.

But the allegations were denied by Zanu PF Harare provincial chairperson, Godwills Masimirembwa.

“You journalists have a tendency of sensationalising issues. That story is of your own creation,” said Masimirembwa.

He added: “There is nothing like that happening. Everything is going on well we are a very peaceful province.”

However, those claiming to be targeted said “we are being accused of invading the market which should be used by Mbare residents”.

In interviews with NewZimbabwe.com, most said they had been told to leave by the end of the year because their “political god-father” was no longer in government.

“We are being told that our time is up because we belong to the wrong party (Zanu PF) faction,” said one of those targeted who added that she was from Glen View.

“They are saying Honourable Savanhu who gave us the permission to operate from here is no longer in government and we should also follow him.”

Another woman added: “They said come January 1, 2015 they do not want to see us in the market. They are saying they will violently evict us if we do not comply because we belong to the Mujuru camp.”

Efforts to get a comment from Savanhu were fruitless as his mobile phone was not reachable.

Source : New Zimbabwe