Vendors Initiative for Social and Economic Transformation (VISET) executive director Samuel Wadzayi has condemned as barbaric, Saturday’s destruction of vending stalls in Harare’s Mupedzanhamo market area, adding his group was considering a court challenge against the controversial move.
This comes after Harare City Council teams accompanied by anti-riot police Saturday descended on the area to raze down some makeshift stalls erected on the roadside by hundreds of vendors mostly trading on second-hand clothing and other trinkets.
The unpopular order was reportedly issued by Tafadzwa Muguti, Harare Secretary for Provincial Affairs who has led hostile relations with local NGOs.
Speaking to Zimstar News Saturday, Wadzayi described the move to put down the stalls as unconstitutional.
“As Viset, we condemn in the strongest of terms, the barbarism being shown by the Harare City Council of destroying people’s livelihoods.
“We are wondering where they got the authority to do that; we hear through the grapevine that it’s an order from Muguti, but we are challenging that because these processes should be done within the confines of the law.
“They were supposed to get a court order first before they could conduct those demolitions.”
Wadzayi said his organisation was considering taking Muguti to court over the move.
“It’s barbaric, it’s unconstitutional and we are going challenge this in the courts as an organisation.
“We are consulting our lawyers to come up with an appropriate response to this nonsense.
“To Muguti, we say please continue with your ungodly acts but very soon the full wrath of the law will catch up with you.”
Muguti has not yet issued any public comment over the demolitions.