Citizens have been urged to desist from violently attacking members of the municipal police who will be carrying out their official duties.

This comes after several municipal police officers got injured during clashes with Harare street vendors in the capital.

City of Harare spokesperson Michael Chideme said following the injuries of at least 33 municipal police officers, 12 of them being women , the City of Harare has urged the public to desist from taking violent action against the officers but to report any abuses by them.

He further noted that vendors must go to the old designated vending sites while they await the completion of new sites.

The latest round of running battles between Harare street vendors and municipal police came after government ordered the street vendors and pirate taxis as well as public transport operators to move out from the capital’s central business district and relocate to designated sites with immediate effect.