A gun was fired twice at Mupedzanhamo Flea Market in Harare’s Mbare suburb on Monday.
Police had not confirmed the incident at the time of publication. The incident was however confirmed by vendors who spoke to the publication on condition of anonymity.
These vendors were present when it occurred.
The Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) also confirmed the incident and gave further information on what really transpired.
ZPP alleges that a Zanu PF official, Dambaza Marufu fired two gunshots into the air after a conflict at the flea market in Mbare Ward 4.
People had gathered at the flea market to arrange their tables in preparation for the resumption of business activities.
The vendors then discovered that Dambaza had allocated most of their tables to people who were supposedly Zanu PF party members.
This led to a protest by the affected vendors. Municipal police officers who were present at the scene failed to control the situation until Dambaza fired two shots in the air to disperse people. Soldiers then moved on to attend to the situation.
Vendors at Mupedzanhamo Flea Market are preparing to return to business following reports that the market is set to be reopened.
Harare City Council had initially penciled the reopening of Mupedzanhamo and Glen View 8 Complex last week but the two markets are yet to be opened.
At the time Harare City spokesperson Michael Chideme said they were yet to finalize consultations with the traders at the market.
Chideme also said the council wants to avoid a situation where traders at Mupedzanhamo were paying rent to space barons thereby prejudicing Harare City Council of money.
He said the council wants to protect the interests of the traders this time around>chaosafrica