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Police, council launch blitz against vendors

THE Bulawayo City Council ( BCC) in conjunction with Zimbabwe Republic Police ( ZRP) have launched an operation to rid the city center of illegal vendors.

The move is meant to de-congest the central business district and promote cleanliness in the wake of a Cholera outbreak in the country.

Cholera has already claimed 32 lives in Harare.

There was a Cholera outbreak scare in the second largest city with four people suspected to be exhibiting Cholera symptoms quarantined at Thorngrove Hospital.

The City health officials said all cases that were reported in the city came out negative.

ZRP Bulawayo police spokesperson Chief Inspector Chief Inspector Precious Simango said they were targeting illegal vendors.

“We are targeting street vendors, touts who urinate and relieve themselves in sanitary lanes, people who throw litter on the streets and who sell meat without licences,” she said.

Meanwhile, vendors have described the operation as harsh as they have lost their source of livelihood.

“I survive through selling and if I am being chased every minute how will I be able to fend for my family,” fumed Ms Prisca Ndlovu.

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