New Zimbabwe (London)

22 August 2014

Zimbabwe: Vendors Tax - Harare Issues 30-Day Ultimatum

VENDORS in Harare have been given a 30-day ultimatum to regularise their operations in the central business district or face eviction by the city council.

The Harare City Council said it wants all vendors and taxi operators to register with the council to bring order in the capital city.

Speaking at a press conference at Town House on Friday, Town Clerk, Tendai Mahachi, said the council recognises the role played by the informal sector but wants the traders to do so in an orderly fashion.

"Beginning today (Thursday) and for the next 30 days Harare City Council is registering all vendors that want to do business in Harare and all kombi operators. By the end of the 30-day period if one is not registered they will not be allowed to do business in Harare," he said.

He said registration was free for vendors with each vendor being required to provide their ID, area of trade, residential address and contact details.

Mahachi said each vendor would be allocated one vending spot in the CBD and the suburbs.

"There will be no multiple stall holders, we want to avoid issues of sub-letting, racketeering and profiteering," he said.

A representative of the ZRP, Senior Assistant Commissioner Clement Munoriyarwa, said the police were not interested in engaging in cat-and-mouse business with vendors.

"The city council and vendors should come together and share ideas and find ways of handling these challenges. We want to bring sanity into the city, to decongest the city, even from people who have no meaningful business to do in town," he said.

"We are giving vendors 30 days to formalise their trading licences and those who will not do that within the stipulated time the law will take its course. But we are not going to be confrontational and have running battles like in the old days," he said.

Flea market operators will pay US$3 daily while fruit and vegetable vendors will pay a dollar a day.

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