Mupedzanhamo Reopening Stalled By Space Barons
Mupedzanhamo market in Mbare is yet to re-open to traders who used to sell second-hand clothes within the facility even though it’s now three months after the Government lifted the suspension on informal business activities.
Reports suggest that the delay is due to a tussle for control of the popular market by space barons who are mostly political heavyweights.
There are no council officials at the premises, including security personnel who used to guard the area.
The informal traders have resorted to selling their wares from undesignated sites in the surrounding areas that do not have sanitary facilities.
Some traders are now operating from blocks of flats opposite the Mupedzanhamo market but they are not following the laid down coronavirus regulations, including sanitisation and social distancing.
Harare City Council spokesperson Michael Chideme said they are working with all interested parties to resolve some outstanding issues so that the market can re-open.
Before the closure of the market under lockdown measures introduced in March, space barons were reported to have been charging vendors US$10 each.