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Title: Bindura Urban: a battlefield between Bindura local authorities and street vendors
Authors: Bumhira, Kudakwashe. S
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: International Open and Distance Learning Journal Special Edition, p. 58-69
Abstract: The study was set to assess the causes of the high conflict rate between street vendors and Bindura Municipality between the period of 2015 and 2017. There have been running battles between Bindura Municipal police officers and the vendors in Bindura urban. Vending has been going on in the pre- independence and post-independence periods in Zimbabwe. In pre-independence Zimbabwe, vending was very much prevalent in African locations and designated markets (Smout, 1975). During the colonial period in Zimbabwe, unemployed urban dwellers resorted to street vending, beer brewing, market gardening, prostitution, and other income-generating activities. The informal economy survived into independent Zimbabwe, where it experienced a steady growth until the late 1980s (Musoni, 2010). Under the auspices of the neo-liberal Economic Structural Adjustment Programs (ESAP), the 1990s saw a rapid expansion of informality in urban employment and housing as hordes of people who lost jobs in the shrinking formal sector established their own small and medium enterprises (Zimbabwe Democracy Institute, 2015). ESAP was followed by a series of social, economic and political developments that necessitated the further growth of informal trade, vending being one of the major informal trades. Whilst this has been the trend in vending, we noted with concern that conflict has protracted and escalated between the Bindura local authority and vendors during the period of 2015 and 2017. This rise has been disturbing the general peace in town, endangering the lives of innocent civilians going about their business. The conflicts have been noted to be escalating compared to previous times thus we found it prudent to establish the causes of the escalating conflicts. Qualitative methodology was used for this study and descriptive method was used. Data was sourced through interviews. Findings were that the vendors wanted the council to allocate them space in the Central Business District (CBD) where they meet more customers compared to the places currently designated for vending which are overcrowded. Bindura Municipality had it that allowing venders to sell in the CBD is violation of the council by-laws and also that the present town planning does not allow for such expansion. Constructive dialogue between the local authorities and vendors can lead to positive solution of the conflicts
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URI: lis.zou.ac.zw:8080/dspace /handle/0/369
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