By Correspondent

Harare City Council has met with ZANU PF and CCC officials in a bid to get Mupedzanhamo market opened.

The parties have been at the forefront of violence which has rocked the council market leading to its closure.

Council officials met with the leaders from the two main parties recently where they expressed their vision for the market.

SMEs Committee Chairperson Denford Ngadziore said the market will open soon after they met with the politicians.

“We are excited to let you know that the reopening of Mupedzanhamo market is now imminent.

“For nearly 3 years Mupedzanhamo has been closed but renovations and revamping processes are almost complete.

“It should be noted that the Mupedzanhamo market belongs to City of Harare.

“Political parties have no legal ownership or role in the running of the market,” he said.

Ngadziore said in line with the new SMEs Policy, all vendors and SME traders should be registered at District offices.

This will allow for the creation of an SMEs traders’ database.

“For every collection from vendors, 25 percent will go towards a revolving fund to benefit the vendors.

“For SMEs traders to be allocated trading places and derive benefits from the revolving fund, they have to be registered with the City of Harare.

The meeting with politicians was attended by Harare Mayor Ian Makone, Deputy Mayor Kudzai Kadzombe and Ngadziore.

Also present were Clr Chido Hamauswa, Mbare Clrs Chanachimwe, Maburutse, Samuel Gwenzi and council management.

Mupedzanhamo has been closed for 3 years with the issue of vending space having turned into a political hot potato.

Space barons from the two political parties have repeatedly fought to control the Harare City Council-owned flea markets.

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