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VICE President Phelekezela Mphoko and local government minister Ignatius Chombo came under fire Tuesday from Harare vendors who demanded that the officials stop speaking under the influence of “mind altering liquids”.

The vendors were reacting after being outraged by recent remarks by the two government officials denigrating informal traders and describing them as drunk and immature.

Addressing a press briefing in the capital, National Vendors Union Zimbabwe chairperson Sten Zvorwadza lashed out at Mphoko and Chombo, accusing them of being reckless and insensitive.

“We would like to unreservedly dismiss Minister Chombo and his erstwhile transgression partner Vice President Mphoko for making reckless and immature pronouncements about the vending enterprise in Zimbabwe.

“We urge the Vice President and the Minister to cool down and apply their minds away from the influences of whisky and other mind altering liquids,” said Zvorwadza in a statement.

This follows widely published media reports that Mphoko, a former intelligence chief, fired a salvo at male vendors during meeting in Bulawayo describing them as lazy.

In addition, Chombo, addressing mayors and chancellors chairpersons at the Urban Councils Association general meeting in Bulawayo, ordered that vendors be removed from undesignated places, describing them as a health hazard.

Most vendors associations have defied the order.

“We cannot be forced to the so-called designated places which are not convenient for our business,” said Keith Charumbira, coordinator for Harare Residents Association.

The attacks on vendors have come at a time the country’s economy continues to struggle with most companies closing.

With unemployment estimated at close to 90 percent, most Zimbabweans have turned to vending in order to survive

Source : New Zimbabwe