Transparency international Zimbabwe Manicaland chapter took their fight against corruption to Sakubva flea market where they engaged vendors as part of their joint national campaign to fight corruption in the vending sector.
As part of the campaign TIZ is using radio as a medium to spread awareness on corruption in collaboration with its various stakeholders who includes the police, council, ministries in this case the Ministry of Small to Medium Enterprises and Vendors Associations.
Speaking on Diamond Fm TI-Z Manicaland Advocacy Officer Mr Ched Nyamanhindi said” we have community mobilisation and advocacy units that deals with advocacy work whereby we do community meeting and roadshows teaching people about corruption and its forms and how we can fight it in areas you live in.” He also said there are other groups under TIZ they use to help fight corruption like the Acoountability Monitoring Committtes set up in each residential area.these teach people on corruption as well as how to report to TIZ.A lot of IEC material is also distributed .
Tiz have come up with collaborations with various stakeholders so that they can come up with solutions to vendors plight.If there is disorganisation thats how corruption starts.
One of the vendors Josphat Sozina said they have problems whereby there are groups of people who rob their customers and when they make a report to the police these people get arrested but within a few hours they will back and stealing again.”we therefore donot know how to handle such situations to extend we end up taking the law into our own hands as we have lost faith in the police”.
Mr nyamanhindi however urged him that when they are faced with such challenges they should come and report to TIZ and steps taken with the help of ALAC lawyers for free.
Another vendor also said the major problem they are facing they do not have toilet facilities and water at the flea market. ”we pay a dollar a day to the council officials but we do not have toilet facilities. They told us we can use ones at swimming pool but those are always closed as well as the ones at Sakubva stadium. Some of our customers ask us for toilets and we do not even know how to respond. We also do not have running water for drinking and other use.For the past seven years i have been operating from this place this has been a major problem” said mai rumbi mandipaka.”we love operating from this place if they could only address this issue” she went on to say.
The biggest corruption is when they get funds for roads repair and building suitable facilities but divert it to their own use.
Mutare city council have been under the spotlight since the beginning of the year when a report was released that showed gross mismanagement at the Civic Centre.
In closing Mr Nyamanhindi said “ you are welcome to bring any reports of corruption to our offices and we will investigate them..our office is always open and the ALAC team of lawyers are there for”