Scores of vendors today marched to Parliament protesting against the move to evict them from the streets ahead of the Friday deadline. The march proceeded after vendors won a High Court order allowing them to present a petition to Parliament seeking the postponement of their removal.
The vendors handed over a petition outlining their grievances to the clerk of Parliament where they highlighted issues such as alternative vending sites, affordable charges for the alternative vending sites as well as access to markets at the alternative vending sites.
Speaking during the march Zimbabwe Vendors Union National Director Mr Samuel Wadzai said they were not going to move from the CBD on Friday.
“We ask Government not to chase us away from the streets because this is how we are able to feed our families. Our lives are in the streets and we make a living from selling,” he said.
“We are peaceful vendors who just want to be heard by the relevant authorities. We will not move until they finish constructing alternative vending sites for us.”