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Zimbabwe: Bvta Calls for Clarity in the Decentralisation of Markets

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Bulawayo Vendors and Traders Association (BVTA) has bemoaned the lack of clear guidelines in the relocation of vendors from the Central Business District (CBD) to the high-density suburbs as part of efforts to minimise the spread of Covid-19.

Last year the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) ordered more than 600 vendors who were trading at the 6th Avenue in the CBD to move to vending spots closest to their places of residence.

The local authority had said the relocation would be informed by the existing City of Bulawayo’s vendors database.

Speaking during a meet the councillors online meeting last week hosted by BVTA, the association’s president, Aleck Ndlovu said the decentralisation process is not effective.

“The other challenge is that the decentralisation of traders from the CBD to the suburbs is not visible I would say, according to me it’s not visible, there are plans, City Council talks about having identified these hubs where the wholesalers are going to be selling stuff from the identified site but on the other hand they also talk about negotiations with those people who are in the wholesale trade business, so we don’t know where really City Council is standing, it is not visible,” said Ndlovu.

He said their expectations were that the setting up of the markets would be expedited in light of Covid-19.

Ndlovu added that the current lockdown also affected the livelihoods of most vendors as they were not operating.

“The other challenge that we face is that we bemoan the slow pace of licensing by City Council, members were in the course of renewing licenses but lockdown put that off due to closure of the offices for some time,” he said.