Harare – CBZ bank in partnership with Harare City Council, will construct a shopping mall as well as structures for the vendors who have been relocated from Harare central business district (CBD) at the newly allocated Coca Cola trading centre, Harare City Council spokesperson Michael Chideme has confirmed.
During an interview with the Mail and Telegraph, Chideme said most of the structures which have been put in place at Coca Cola trading centre are temporary since there is a bigger plan for the area.
“So far we have put in place temporary structures at Coca Cola. We have also managed to build pavements to avoid mud during the rainy season. We have provided vendors with white tents as well to cover themselves from direct sun. Most of the structures we have put in place are temporary because as council we have partnered with CBZ which will build a shopping mall at the place as well as vending structures at the place,” he said.
Chideme also noted the use of the word “evicted” to describe how the vendors were moved from the CBD to Coca Cola site.
“Saying the vendors were evicted from the CBD is not correct. Vendors were relocated not evicted. You will find out that some of the vendors who are now operating in that area were registered to operate there last year. The word eviction is not proper,” he said.
However, vendors were crying foul over the poor facilities at the new site which posed a threat to the safety of their wares.