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    Council employees looting second hand clothes from vendors



    EVENIA MUZIRA

    Masvingo vendors and residents have accused Masvingo City Council municipal workers of looting confiscated second hand goods popularly known as (dzomubhero) and sharing them among themselves.
    Speaking during a Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Association(Zichea)'s Union Support for Bipartite Dialogue meeting attended by MURRA, vendors  urged  council to reign in its workers and order them to desist from looting second hand clothes which they allegedly then give to their families.
    Vendors said some council employees are filling up their wardrobes with the second hand clothes they confiscated from vendors as economic woes rock the country.
    "What council workers are doing is not fair. How can they take our goods and give them to their families even after we have paid to get them back?  We are selling second hand goods so that we may be able to provide our families with food and send children to school'', Lilian Gambe, who operate in the City centre said.
    The meeting also heard that council employees were allegedly looting vegetables from vendors and taking them home to their families.
    Masvingo United Residents and Ratepayers Alliance spokesperson Godfrey Mutimba said that the acts were criminal and a violation of residents' rights to make a living through vending.
    "Residents have the right to sell their wares, therefore we demand that council provide designated selling points and stop harassing and brutalising them by impounding their goods," said Mtimba.
     ZCIEA secretary general Wisbon Malaya said they have started to engage with Council through the Housing department and will table such issues to get solutions.
    "We are in a process of making sure that the right to markets is granted to vendors in Masvingo and we have done this through the Masvingo Housing department. We will engage the local authorities to find lasting solution to this problem," Malaya said.
    Masvingo City Council that was represented by students on attachment failed to respond to the vendors accusations.news
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