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HARARE Town Clerk Tendai Mahachi has said he is surprised by vendors who are flooding the Central Business District (CBD) to sell tomatoes and vegetables leaving customers in the residential areas.

In an interview following the tour of vending sites in Harare, Mahachi said the CBD can only accommodate 6000 vendors yet there are more than 20 000 camped in central Harare.

“What I have observed is that these vendors lack marketing skills business is more about marketing, and if you market and package your product very well then people will come to you”.

“You see there are a lot of industrial places outside the CBD but there is the pool of marketing mechanisms which attract people to the product.”

Mahachi said he was shocked why people would come from as far as Epworth, Chitungwiza and Mbare among other places to sell vegetables and cell phone accessories yet the customers live in the residential areas.

“Why leave the market where you are coming from, it’s very wrong for people to trade on inlands and pavements these are the places that are supposed to be beautified and also save our environment”.

Commenting on vendors who are trading on open spaces where there are no structures to protect them during the rainy season, Mahachi said once order has been returned to the CBD structures would be provided at designated areas.

The Harare Town Clerk also said the social welfare ministry was looking into the problem of street kids.

“They are not only looking at street kids but street families because there are generations that are being born on the streets and they need help to start a life outside the CBD” .

Mahachi’s comments come after local government minister Ignatius Chombo declared war on vendors who are trading on pavements and in the streets.

Chombo said vendors should move away from the CBD adding that the time to bring sanity into the city had come.

But vendors are arguing that business is more lucrative in the CBD.

It is estimated that there are 2.5 million informal sector traders in Zimbabwe on top of thousands of mini bus operators.

Government and local authorities have since moved in to tax vendors in the form of a daily levy.

Source : New Zimbabwe