By Nyasha N Mukapiko
Harare Residents Trust (HRT) director Precious Shumba last week on Thursday blamed government for failing to finance bleeding local authorities to improve service delivery, castigating Minister of health and Child Welfare Dr David Parirenyatwa for describing the residents as “dirty” who were trying to eke out a living.
Shumba was addressing journalist on the “State of the City” round table discussion organised by the Media Centre, the round table discussion follows a 48 hours ultimatum issued by the Harare City Council (HCC) banning the trading of fruits and vegetables in Harare Central Business District.
“Dr Parirenyatwa is sick in the head, he is saying these people are dirty that’s what he said he attacked residents and said they are unhygienic , how can they be unhygienic when council which was supposed to be getting some parts health funds are not getting?”, Shumba queried.
Shumba urged politicians to desist from making inflammatory statements that were undermining the dignity of Zimbabweans.
Government recently set up an inter-ministerial comprising of minister of Health Dr David Parirenyatwa, Local Government Minister Saviour Kasukuwere and HCC Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni to control and monitor typhoid outbreak. The outbreak was first recorded in Mbare suburb with 9 deaths having been recorded so far.
In a press statement issued by the Acting town clerk Josephine Ncube last week, she warned fruit and vegetables vendors that their stock was going to be confiscated and destroyed if they fail to abide by council bylaws.
Resident association has since vowed to resist the ban urging HCC to treat the cause and not the symptoms.
Addressing a press conference on the 6th of January director of Zimbabwe Chambers of Informal Economy Association (ZCIEA) President Lorraine Sibanda says they were concerned by the outbreak of typhoid in Harare, which could even spread to other parts of the country if not urgently addressed.
“However it is a further concern that at such a juncture the inter-ministerial committee’s first reaction identifies vendors as the chief source of typhoid outbreak whilst avoiding the real source of the mess at the local authority and local government”, she said.
Sibanda mocked government for its failed economic policies saying it had created more than 2 million vendors instead. Sibanda told government to create sustainable employment in order to free the streets.
Vendors could be seen going through their day to day business on Friday after the expiry of the 48 hours ultimatum, this was also despite of HCC spokesperson Michael Chideme having posted on social media that they were finalising logistics on the deployment of Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) to assist on the implementation of city bylaws.