Pictures: Bulawayo vendors demonstrate against deadline

Hundreds of vendors in Bulawayo on Friday demonstrated against a government ultimatum that they leave undesignated vending sites in the city centre.

Pictures by KB MPOFU

Local government minister, Ignatius Chombo, two weeks ago, issued an ultimatum that vendors must leave undesignated sites or face unspecified action.

Their vendors’ counterparts in Harare on Wednesday submitted a petition to parliament protesting their planned removal.

Magodonga Mahlangu of WOZA addresses the vendors at City Hall .

Magodonga Mahlangu of WOZA addresses the vendors at City Hall .

Jenny Williams of Woza reads a letter she says she received from Bulawayo mayor, Martin Moyo

Jenny Williams of Woza reads a letter she says she received from Bulawayo mayor, Martin Moyo

Female vendors attended the march in large numbers.

Female vendors attended the march in large numbers.

Most messages were directed at the Minister of Local Government, Ignatius Chombo.

Most messages were directed at the Minister of Local Government, Ignatius Chombo.

Some accused the police of looting.

Some accused the police of looting.

In the now immortal words of First Lady Grace Mugabe, "Stop It!"

In the now immortal words of First Lady Grace Mugabe, “Stop It!”

There was also a call for the Bulawayo City Council to provide more vending sites.

There was also a call for the Bulawayo City Council to provide more vending sites.

The crowd sang songs imploring the Mayor of Bulawayo to ignore Minister Chombo and said they were not on the streets by choice.

The crowd sang songs imploring the Mayor of Bulawayo to ignore Minister Chombo and said they were not on the streets by choice.

The vendors accused Zanu PF of not keeping its promises.

The vendors accused Zanu PF of not keeping its promises.

The police kept a close eye on the proceedings but did not interfere with the protesters.

The police kept a close eye on the proceedings but did not interfere with the protesters.

Magodonga Mahlangu said Zimbabwe cannot afford another “moment of madness”.

Magodonga Mahlangu said Zimbabwe cannot afford another “moment of madness”.

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