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    Monday, 15 October 2018

    Vendors call for return of long distance buses to Mucheke

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    NDANGARIRODZASHE TASARIRAVONA

    MASVINGO – One key way to clear Masvingo CBD of illegal vendors is to ensure that all long distance busses are ranking at Mucheke as they used to do in the past, leaders of various vendors association in the city have said.
    The leaders of Nehanda Market, and Tafara Market argued that illegal vendors are flocking into the CBD because they are following points of concentration of customers. They said that many customers are found in town because most long-distance busses are now using CBD ranks like the Croco Motors rank for Harare, Bulawayo and Gweru, Pick and Pay for Chiredzi and Beitbridge and the Down Town Rank for Mutare, Gutu, Bikita and Zaka.
    The vendors appealed to Masvingo Mayor, Collen Maboke to protect their business by ensuring that busses are ranking in Mucheke again.
    “We are registered vendors and we pay $11 for our stalls every month but we get nothing because business has migrated to the CBD. Those illegal vendors selling from the CBD are not paying anything to council,” said Philip Tongofa, chairman of Nehanda Market.
    The Mirror established that there are three markets at Mucheke Rank and these are Nehanda for culture goods, Tafara for vegetables and Tanaiwa which used to sell fruits.
    Of the 130 vendors registered under Nehanda Market, only 54 remain. Tafara market remains with 25 out of a total of 96 vendors and Tanaiwa has less than 10 vendors remaining.
    “People started moving away from the rank in 2012 when buses were no longer coming there. Now we have ranks in town and this has not just abetted illegal vending but has seen congestion in the city centre going up.
    “There are ranks at Croco Motors, Downtown, Benjamin Burombo and Landmark which is so confusing. We have been trying to talk to the town clerk, Adolf Gusha about it but we have always been told that he is busy,” said Tongofa.
    The Mirror also talked to Tafara market treasurer Godwin Jani who says that in 1980s a situation similar to this once happened and they negotiated with business people and bus owners like Mhunga and they come up with an agreement that Mucheke was the only terminus.
    Fungai Mutasa, a vendor said she started vending in Mucheke in 1985 and then the business paid well because it was controlled and activities were well managed by the council.
    Charumbira, a driver with Gracia Omnibuses said he pays $5 to load at Mucheke Rank but the problem is that the get no passengers because people are being picked from every point in town.


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