MWENEZI – The Mwenezi Rural District Council is implementing tough measures to rid the streets of illegal vendors and unregistered taxes commonly known as mishikashika at Rutenga growth point.
The exercise has seen vendors who used to operate day and night along the main highway to Beitbridge being ordered to demolish their structures and leave.
Mwenezi RDC chief executive officer (CEO) Albert Chivanga told TellZim News there was sufficient designated space for all those who want to do their business legally.
“We are definitely going to succeed in driving vendors to designated points. We are not alone in enforcing this operation. We have the support of other stakeholders from the security sector.
“Transport operators should operate from the official terminus. For vendors, we have also enough proper markets to accommodate all of them,” said Chivanga.
Many informal traders, however, slammed the operation which they said was inconsiderate to their plight.
“We have been making good business here but we are now being forced to go to less lucrative market places. Our clients are mainly the travellers using this road so I don’t see how we will survive selling our products away from the road,” said one informal trader.local