Peter Tanyanyiwa Suburban Reporter
Madokero residents in Ward 16 are complaining over vendors who are coming to the suburb to trade in various goods in violation of the national lockdown invoked by the Government to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
According to the residents, the traders from different suburbs of Harare come to Madokero to sell food and other goods.
Ward 16 Councillor Denford Ngadziore confirmed receiving complaints from concerned Madokero residents and has warned the traders against breaking the national lockdown regulations saying that the law will take its course.
Cllr Ngadziore said he understands the fact that people are looking for survival but that should be done within the confines of the law at the same time without exposing residents to the dangers of Covid-19.
“Dear Ward 16 residents of Madokero, Sanganayi Inn and Stordford suburbs, we have received complaints and a petition during this Covid-19 lockdown period over illegal activities happening along Makumbe Drive in Madokero between 2pm to 7.30PM.
The crowds along Makumbe Drive in Madokero Estates are increasing on a daily basis with total disregard of the lockdown restrictions and the health risks that they pose to their families, neighbours and the Ward 16 community. They are even selling alcohol and illicit brews,” said Cllr Ngadziore.
“Out of the 32 confirmed Covid19 cases in Zimbabwe, two are from Ward 16 and Ward 41 (Westlea and Westgate) all within our constituency.
Illegal activities are happening at the same time breaking Covid-19 lockdown regulations.
The regulations state that everyone should stay indoors unless one is going to purchase groceries, medicine or be a part of the approved essential services list,” said Cllr Ngadziore.
The Councillor met some of the traders and shared the concerns raised by residents and their breach of council by-laws and lockdown regulations.
“Another serious cause of concern is that of vendors who are selling their wares. They are not practicing social distancing, and not using sanitizers, gloves and masks which is a practice, that will not be tolerated.
The place is not a designated site for informal trading and people coming to sell their products some are coming from as far as Dzivarasekwa, Kuwadzana and Warren Park.
“To Madokero, Stordford and Sanganayi Inn residents the fact that traders are coming daily means that somehow business is viable and our people are buying the wares they sell but at the same time putting their own lives at risk. We urge residents to desist from breaking lockdown regulations.”