The Bulawayo Upcoming Traders Association (BUTA) is seeking city council’s protection against individuals coming from as far as Harare who are allocated vending sites ahead of locals who are on the waiting list.
A representative of BUTA Dumisani Ncube told Radio Dialogue that the council should be transparent on the allocation of vending stalls.
“The problem is that local people are being harassed by the police and municipal officers yet nothing is being done to those outsiders. We wish the transparent processes could be sped up so that there is order in allocation of vending sites so that those people get no chance to bribe officials,” said Ncube.
Meanwhile, Bulawayo Deputy Mayor Amen Mpofu said council is committed to prioritising support to locals. He said council will come up with policies that promote informal trading.
“We should have affirmative action where we need to protect the local business people; that is a very valid point. But now we should come up with the right way to implement that,” said councillor Mpofu.
BUTA is an organisation that seeks to promote informal trading.