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Gweru’s new Mtapa market to take 4.2k vendors

Many illegal market stalls at Kudzanai were demolished


Tinaani
Nyabereka.

GWERU

The proposed market site in Mtapa is expected to accommodate some 4 200 regularized
informal traders who will pay rates to council, it has been said.
City of Gweru last week
assured residents and informal traders that work was already underway at the
new market place and vendors were encouraged to go register.
Public Relations
Officer Vimbai Chingwaramusee said no informal trader will be allowed to go
back to the old site where illegal structures have been demolished.
“Council has
started work at the new Mtapa market. We are going to make sure that the World
Health Organisation (WHO) regulations on observing social distancing and on hygiene
standards are followed. No one is expected to go back to the old stalls,” said
Chingwamusee.
The local authority has
razed-down market stalls in the Central Business District and at Old TM rank
following a government directive to all local authorities to remove illegal
structures in their commonages.
Gweru Residents Forum
(GRF) director Charles Mazorodze criticised the demolitions which he said had further
disempowered unemployed people.
“This is likely to
trigger an increase in the crime rate. We therefore call upon council to be
transparent and fair in the allocation of new market stalls to make sure that
only deserving people are given a chance to do business in a regularized
manner.
“Talking about an
alternative market place which is not yet there is just but a firefighting
measure. I hope this will be addressed soon,” said Mazorodze.

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