Makoni Central MP David Tekeshe (MDC Alliance) has urged the government to pass a law that legalises vending and bring to an end recurrent running battles between the police and the informal traders.
Tekeshe raised a point of national interest in the National Assembly on Tuesday saying vending should be legalised. He said:
Vending is treated like a crime. There are no jobs in the country, yet we harass and arrest these people.
(The Department of) Social Welfare does not do anything to cater for the needy. Government must come up with a law to protect vendors.
Tekeshe accused ZANU PF of pretending to care for vendors during election time.
Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Tsitsi Gezi said the issue would be taken up with the relevant ministry for consideration.
According to the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZimStat), 88% of people in the country are in the informal sector.