Market Faces Political Interference,Irrational Levy Cuts

By Itai Muzondo

Zanu(PF) has threatened to take over Chitima market if Masvingo City Council fails to provide facilities equivalent to what they have been charging vendors at the ever growing market. 

Speaking to Radio VOP, Zanu(PF) Provincial Chairperson Paradzai Chakona said that it will be unfair for the people who elected them to suffer in the hands of council while they look on.

“Zanu (PF) is a people driven party which considers plights of the general populace first. It was to that cause that we lobbied for their vendor levy to be reduced to one dollar from two dollars which has been put to effect from today.

“It is now our concern again that sanitation facilities are improved from the revenue which they had been collecting from the vendors the previous year or we step in to help the needy vendors. Of the previous twelve months, they have collected two dollars levy from the 1 200 vendors per day. With this in hand, calculations show they made up to 800 thousand dollars which we wish to see how they would use to upgrade vendor facilities and failure to do so, we will step in,” said Chakona.

Masvingo Mayor Hubert Fidze however said that council will continue with proposed projects though he was worried that ruling party interventions have affected their annual budget.

“I can confirm that vendor levy has been reduced to one dollar as the vendors demanded. This will not affect our proposed programs for the market as we will construct proposed structures that include toilets and extra stalls on top of the existing to make them 2000, but the progress will be slowed since our annual budget has been affected,” said Fidze.

National Vendors Union Director Samuel Wadzai welcomed the reduction of vendor levy though he expressed that council must now develop the market to standard with the hefty allowances they have been collecting.

“It is good that a reasonable fee has been put in place but my worry is on council developing the market to international standards with the hefty allowances they have been collecting for more than a year,” said Wadzai.

 

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs, Shuvai Mahofa recently expressed that organisations should have cordial relationships with government or they stand to be stopped as she applauded Tongaat Hullet of their good relations with the ruling party and government.