President Robert Mugabe has warned vendors refusing to vacate the streets to stop taking orders from the US and UK ambassadors, Bruce Wharton and Catriona Laing.
He said Zimbabwe will not brook to any interference from its detractors in London and Washington as the two envoys from those countries continue to interfere with the country’s internal affairs.
Mugabe said the vendors should move out as the government will not accept the chaos they bring, adding that they must accept to be relocated to designated vending stalls and trade openly where the authorities assign them.
He said the sanctions induced hardships brought about many challenges and vending was one way of cushioning the situation.
Speaking on the wanton dismissal of workers by companies following a Supreme Court ruling, President Mugabe said the law should be amended.
He said ‘we cannot blame the judges as they interpreted the law as they saw it,’ but said the law must serve the people, hence the urgent need to amend the Labour Act.
Earlier on Wednesday, President Mugabe toured the Global Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Expo at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) where he thanked SMEs for keeping Zimbabwe ‘running despite the prophesy of doom having written the country off when sanctions were imposed all calculated to breed discontentment among the populace.’He said he is internally grateful for entrepreneurs’ resilience, adding that now is the time to grow from small businesses to medium enterprises and on to become larger companies.
Mugabe said SMEs should be competitive by complying with local, regional and international manufacturing standards.
Highlighting challenges such as financing, marketing and training that entrepreneurs face, he said 25 percent of all government tenders have been set aside for them.
He was accompanied to the expo by the Minister of SMEs and Cooperative Development, Sithembiso Nyoni and the visiting Iranian Minister of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare, Mr Ali Rabiee and several entrepreneurs in that sector.