Arron Nyamayaro, H-Metro Reporter
SECOND-HAND clothes vendors have returned to the illegal points in Mbare following the relaxation of Level 2 lockdown conditions this week.
Some of the changes to the lockdown measures included the return of ‘informal sector’ on condition that they are properly registered and contributing to the country’s fiscus.
However, many vendors disregarded the aspect of registering with local authorities and operating from designated markets by returning to the outlawed vending points between Mupedzanhamo and Rufaro stadium.
One of the vendors, Amai Dhunda who was selling winter clothes challenged City of Harare to open more markets.
“We are employers and not workers and city fathers must understand that most people in the capital are in the informal sector,” said Mai Dhunda.
“They are taking time to open designated market points that is why we are selling our goods here and observing social distancing is necessary when you have money in your pockets.
“Why are they delaying to open Mupedzanhamo and Shawasha markets if Covid-19 pandemic mean anything to them?
“We cannot wait to make money for our families by selling winter clothes especially in this cold weather that dominated for the past days.
“We want City of Harare to open our markets as well as providing us with health workers at the designated points nekutipa ma sanitizers acho nemvura yakachena,” she said touting for clients.
Harare Metropolitan police descended on vendors around lunch time and rounded them off to Carter House in Mbare where they were fined.
Second hand clothes have been banned as a health precautionary measure to curb the spreading of Covid-19.