Harare City Council chucks out Illegal vendors at undesignated sites as Coronavirus escalates

Staff Writer

HARARE City Council (HCC) has issued a directive ordering all informal traders operating at undesignated site to immediately vacate in a bid to curb the spread of Coronavirus.

In a statement Tuesday ,HCC said the directive is in line with the need to minimise human contact and up the fight against Coronavirus.

“Municipal Police has been directed to move in and enforce the measure with the assistance of Zimbabwe Republic Police .We advise that for those operating in designated areas such as Markets and Home Industries, council is consulting with Central Government for the closure of the same starting 28 March, 2020,” the statement said.

Should the consultation succeed, traders in all markets will vacate all markets and home industries by end of day on the 27th of March.

These measures are being taken in light of the Covid-19 virus which is currently ravaging the whole world.
Under normal circumstances council would have done consultative meetings with members of the informal sector in line with our engagement model with all stakeholders.

The announcement comes shortly after Zimbabwe recorded one Coronavirus related death amid fears more could be infected against a background where  government has been criticised for outright lack of preparedness.

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