Arron Nyamayaro, H-Metro Reporter
THERE was mayhem at Mbudzi Roundabout in Harare on Tuesday as vendors jostled to remove their wares from illegal stalls when the bulldozer arrived to demolish the structures for the second day.
Despite watching others lose their structures and, in some cases, valuables, the vendors did not remove their wares hoping that the operation had moved to other locations.
And when the bulldozer returned yesterday, it triggered a scramble which left some nursing injuries sustained while removing iron sheets and removing hot stoves and braai stands.
One of the victims Anita Marimo sustained burns while rescuing her stove from her mobile kitchen which was razed down.
“Ndatsva mawoko ese ndichisimudza stove yangu,” said Marimo.
“I had to save my utensils since they are my source of my income.
“I had seven employees eking a living from the kitchen and now it’s back to zero.
“We thought they were not returning to the same place after they came yesterday,” said Marimo.
One of the victims only identified as Mai Dhave had a positive response on the ongoing demolitions.
“Ndadzidza nhasi kuti zvinhu zvemahara zvinodhura,” said Mai Dhave.
“We had more time to pocket money through illegal means but today it has cost everything we invested in the illegal operations.
“Pambudzi panga pachiitwa mari iwe unongonzwa saka ndava kungofambira mapepa anodiwa toenda panzvimbo dzinotenderwa,” she said.