The Harare City Council has finally moved in to remove illegal vendors who had besieged every open space, pavement and island in the central business district.
The exercise began at the open space close to Cleveland House.
Unsuspecting illegal vendors who had come to their work stations thinking it was business as usual found Wednesday morning a totally different day.
The vendors found their tables turned upside down, while the tents had been removed by the Harare municipal police.
The infuriated vendors who operated from the open space close to Cleveland House decided to move their wares and peddle them from another tent at Copacabana; a place designated for fruits and vegetables vendors.
This did not go down well with other vendors based at the site and the two groups clashed.
Harare City Council Principal Communications Officer Michael Chideme says all the vendors operating at undesignated spaces are supposed to move to the new vending sites outside the central business district.
“Yes, there have been some administrative issues, but we are saying those who are at spaces which do not have ablution facilities, which are not designated, should go to the new sites. This exercise will continue,” said Chideme.
Although the vendors could be seen milling around, the riot police were close by to ensure peace prevailed.
The city council’s move comes just a day after newly appointed Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Saviour Kasukuwere read the riot act on town authorities to measure up and execute their mandate of cleaning up towns or risk being cleaned up themselves.