IN order to bring back sanity at the Binga Bus Terminus, all vendors who erected shelters without written approval from the local board have been instructed to remove their structures with immediate effect, B-Metro has learnt.
The move appears to have been motivated by outbreaks of cholera in different parts of the country.
The Binga Local Board issued a public notice earlier this week stating that all vendors who erected shelters at the Binga Bus Terminus and other places illegally must demolish the structures.
“Binga Local Board wishes to advise all vendors who erected shelters at the bus terminus and other places without written approval from the office, to remove their structures immediately before 14 November 2023 (Tuesday).
“According to Binga Rural District Council trading by-laws, it is prohibited to conduct business while not observing healthy standards which may cause a threat to public health, and structures erected in the council’s jurisdiction area should follow well laid out plans,” read the notice.
In Bikita, food and drinks were banned at funerals and weddings after the outbreak of the disease that has so far killed 100 people with more than 5 000 possible cases in the whole country.
The Government quickly moved to impose restrictions to stop the spread of the disease, including limiting numbers at funerals and stopping some social gatherings in the affected areas.
The Ministry of Health and Child Care last month announced that the 100 deaths had been confirmed as from cholera through laboratory tests. It said 905 confirmed cases had been recorded, as well as another 4 609 suspected cases.
The country’s 17 cholera hotspot districts have been identified as Buhera, Chegutu, Chikomba, Chimanimani, Chipinge, Chitungwiza, Chiredzi, Harare, Gokwe North, Marondera, Mazowe Shamva, Mutare, Murehwa, Mwenezi, Seke, and Wedza.
Cholera is a water-borne disease that can spread rapidly in areas with poor sanitation and is caused by the ingestion of contaminated water or food.