A witness on the scene has claimed that City Council officers fired live bullets in a fight against illegal vendors in Bulawayo. It had been a long day in the office for the City Council officer who clashed with illegal vendors when they attempted to displace them from an illegal market. The vendors retaliated, and the situation escalated to levels that required more attention from the officers.
It seemed that the officers were losing the fight, given their number. The vendors were more than triple the number of the officers, and the support of locals meant that the City Council police had to use gunshots to displace the mob. A man on the video could be heard saying that the officers were no longer using rubber bullets but live shots. With a few sustaining minor injuries, we are yet to receive official communication on the events that unfolded in Bulawayo CBD.
Bulawayo City Council officer’s history of fights with vendors
There is an ongoing fight between Bulawayo City Officers and street vendors. The officers enforce city by-laws prohibiting vendors from selling their wares on the streets. However, the vendors often ignore these regulations to earn a living.
The conflict between the two parties has resulted in several confrontations, with the officers sometimes resorting to confiscating and destroying the vendors’ goods. On the other hand, the vendors have been known to resist the officers, leading to physical altercations.
The situation remains contentious, with both sides refusing to back down. While the city officers argue that the vendors’ activities are illegal and obstruct the smooth traffic flow, the vendors maintain that they are simply trying to make ends meet in a challenging economic environment.
Watch as Bulawayo City Council Officers clash with vendors