By Staff Reporter
Security forces under the auscipices of the Joint Operations Command (JOC) have kicked out vendors from Mbizo 4 farmers market it has emerged.
Speaking in a full council meeting on Tuesday, Kwekwe City Council Director of Health John Bandama said vendors who had congragated at Mbizo 4 Shopping Centre were ordered to vacate the area and driven to Mbizo 2.
However, Kwekwe Mayor Angeline Kasipo has said the move is a ticking time bomb for Covid-19, “considering that there are no facilities to cater for the vendors.”
“As council we did not choose where to place our vendors. The President’s Office on the 30th of July ordered vendors to move from Mbizo 4 to variuos locations in Mbizo as a matter of decongesting Mbizo 4 to curb the spread of Covid-19. Vendors were ordered to vacate the area and move to Mbizo 2, 7 and 16,” Bandama said before adding that vendors resisted the move. Bandama, however, explained that the vendors instead of going to areas designated by the taskforce they chose to operate in Mbizo 2.However, Mayor Kasipo was not amused.
“That place is not conducive, it is posing the same challenges which were there at Mbizo 4,” she said, pointing out that at Mbizo 2, ablution facilities are inadequate, “coupled with over crowding, we are sitting at a Covid-19 time bomb.”
She further explained that the Covid-19 District taskforce cannot make a unilateral decision without consulting Council, since council knows the challenges experienced in the city.
Deputy Mayor Shadreck Tobaiwa said the taskforce must consider council’s input.
“Our input as council must be considered. We have people from Amaveni coming to the farmer market in Mbizo. They are facing challenges from Security forces for unnecessary movement. Such facilities must cater for all places. There must spread. The rate payers are the ones who give us livelihood. Resources must be distributed equitably,” Tobaiwa said.