CHIKOMBA – There was drama at Chikomba Rural District Council (RDC)on Tuesday morning when over 60 vendors besieged council offices in Chivhu demanding their wares that were impounded during the night.
The vendors store their goods at different places around the town when they retire to their homes after business and council raided and impounded the wares.
The Mirror understands that the raid by council was as a result of complaints by major businesses in town like Pick 'n' Pay and Chicken Inn against vendors who were parading their goods at their front doors thereby disturbing customers.
The vendors sang and danced, beating drums at the council offices until they were chased away by Police dogs.
Council chairman Pardon Mudzimu said that the vendors were going to get all their impounded goods and will be allocated space to operate from.
A vendor Felistas Chidhakwa told The Mirror that they only discovered that their wares had been impounded when they went to their storage places on Tuesday morning.
"It's not the first time that the local authority has looted our products, saying we are operating at illegal places yet they are failing to offer us places to operate from. Last time they took our products and they did not return them," said Chidhakwa.
Chikomba Residents and Rate Payers' Association chairman Paul Muzira who was at the council offices during the demonstration, said the matter was resolved.
"Almost every vendor has been given space to operate from and we have agreed with the local authority to make proper and presentable shades for vendors," said Muzira.
Chikomba Residents and Rate Payers Alliance chairman Collen Zvarevashe said the demonstration shows how insincere the local authority is to the community it is supposed to serve.
"Vending is the pilar of the economy of Chivhu and about 75 percent of school going children in the community are supported by this means, its unfortunate that we are becoming a shameless generation fighting for its own extinction. We have to stand up as a community and fight this barbaric act, " said Zvarevashe