By Ruvarashe Dhliwayo
Zimdancehall artist Tawanda Mumanyi known as Seh Calaz has appealed to the Zimbabwe Republic Police to stop the demolition of vending stalls in Mbare as innocent civilians were being hurt in the process.
Posting on his Facebook page, Seh Calaz said urged the police to find alternative ways to address the issue of illegal vending.
“Asi nhai mapurisa pamunouya muchikanda teargas muhosteri munombozivawo tine vana here, tine machembere ne makule, tine vanhu vanorwara, tine mapofu vasinei ne zvekuita nemabhero or mavendor who suffer daily ne mateargas, musadaro tambonyarara nguva yareba,” he said.
“Mapurisa munofanira muri shamwari dzevanhu muchitichengetedza not all this, haisi choice kuita mavendor vanhu vanotodawo kugara kudzimba asi nzara ndoinopinza vanhu paground, chimbokururai nyembe dzenyu mupinde muvanhu munzwe zvichemo zvevanhu.
“Mupedzanhamo ukasavhura vanhu havambofa vakamira kushanda by now havamire kurongedza and 80 percent inotengesa apo havagare mumagaba mamunopostera ma teargas mudzimba.
“Itai moyo musadaro.
“Lets work together vanhu ndevenyu all they need is a place to hustle.”
Seh Calaz’s appeal follows recent demolitions of illegal vending stalls by the Harare City Council and ZRP.
The demolitions were mostly concentrated at the popular Mupedzanhamo flea market.
The operation also affected Magaba Home Industries.
This is not the first time the youthful chanter has advocated for the Mbare community.
Earlier this year, Seh Calaz released a track titled Letter to the President in which he appealed to President Emmerson Mnangagwa to consider the plight of the people living in Mbare.
He raised issues of drug abuse by youths and illegal vending as people sought means of survival.