mupedzanhamo city of harare.jpgThe Zimbabwe Home industries and Markets Association says business is no longer viable at Mupedzanhamo flea markets owing to the influx of informal and unregistered traders who are selling their wares near the market.

 

The traders at Mupedzanhamo flea market pay a monthly rental of us$63.00 to the city of Harare.

 

They are angry over the increasing number of informal traders who have invaded open spaces near the formal market.

 

They say they are losing out to the informal traders who do not pay any rentals but capture potential buyers before they reach their market stalls.

 

onismo gore - mupedzanhamo.jpgThe Zimbabwe Home industries and Marketers Association Chairman, Mr. Onesimo Gore says the City of Harare has already been advised with a request to provide alternative vending sites as most people have turned to vending as a source of livelihood.

 

“We have since petitioned the city of Harare with a document that registers our displeasure towards developments in the sector. New markets should be established to cater for the increasing number of these informal traders,” said Gore.

 

Other traders say they are contemplating avoiding paying the monthly rates to council as business is no longer viable due to unfair competition.

 

“If the current situation is allowed to continue we will stop paying the rentals because we are surviving under very unhealthy competition,” said one trader.

 

mupedzanhamo trader1.jpgWhile the City of Harare is on record as saying it is in the process of establishing new markets, to date nothing has been done in this regard.

 

The economic difficulties which the country went through over the past few years due to illegal sanctions has forced many people to venture into vending to generate income as the formal sector could not absorb the increasing number of school leavers.