By Munesu Nyagura
The sudden stampede of running bodies , scattering vegetables, is an explosion of motion so sudden the rest of the people stop and stare.
Harare vendors have become adept at picking out Council police such that bystanders are left confused when they start running away.
To the rest of the people there is nothing amiss.
They see no police because they are looking for uniforms and trucks.
The vendors know what to look for and they see it way before anyone else.
These kind of sights have become a usual experience.
Harare Council has carried out operations with the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP.
They have confiscated wares and products.
Some of them have even been dragged to court.
However, they have always returned to their pavements as eager and determined as before.
It is the authorities who have tired and lost inspiration.
‘We are Going Nowhere’
Like ZANU PF, vendors are a creation of the situation and the subsistence of the situation, in the same manner, ferments their proliferation.
Vendors and ZANU PF are creations of the current society and what it is like.
As long as the situation and societal structure persists as is, both can never be done away with.
During the 2018 election campaigns, Dr Nkosana Moyo, said some of the politicians were not fighting to remove ZANU PF but to be included into the system.
They wanted to get to the high table and not to change the status quo.
The status quo fits their appetites and they would rather join the bandwagon of feasting than create a revolution against it.
Obert Gutu. Kudakwashe Bhasikiti. Douglas Mwonzora. Vincent Tsvangirai. Tongai Matutu. Liliam Timveos.
These tiny ripples against the alleged wave to change the status quo betray a base human appetite to cosy to the system and not change it.
That means the ruling party persists unless reforms come in.
Vendors are similar specie.
They are victims of the system and can never be arrested, beaten or run away.
They will always find a way back.
Only reforms that will guarantee them a living without the need to sell vegetables and electrical gadgets on the streets will pacify and remove them from the streets.
Creations of Time and Space
Vendors are a result of a broken economic system.
The system needs to be reconstructed so as to create room for them.
Those formal structures are no longer there.
When they are chased away, they run into an economic vacuum in which they have no alternative but to exit.
Until the economy is reformed and made to work beyond the podium platitudes and sterile rhetoric of artificial headlines, nothing will change.
Likewise, ZANU PF despite the seeming strident chorus against it, has a nature, however base, that is finding resonance.
For all its faults the party retains pornographic excitement which excites many in their solitary caverns and yet get frothing public rebuttals.
The opposition cannot just push it away with a flurry of righteous political invectitudes and appeals to moral standards of the community.
It needs reforms that level the playing field.