Chinhoyi vendors ready to tackle informal sector corruption

Vendors Initiative for Social and Economic Transformation (VISET) trained vendors in Chinhoyi on corruption detection, documentation, reporting and resistance. The training, which took place at the Roman Catholic Center, was held on the 16th of September 2017. The workshop was attended by over 114 vendors drawn from VISET’s Socio-Economic Champions (SOCHAMPS) structures and general members of the organization operating from both the Central Business District and in nearby suburbs. The workshop was a response to growing concerns from vendors in particular and the citizenry in general, over the rampant corruption in the informal sector which has not only eroded the vendors’ meager earnings, but also robbed the Local authorities of the much needed revenue. It is part of VISET’s project aimed at curbing corruption in the informal sector, which will soon be rolled out to all the major cities, towns and growth points in the country.

After this first round of training, the vendors are going to be deployed to their respective vending sites where they will detect, document and share all cases of corruption. The organization is going to use the evidence attained for its advocacy against corruption, litigation and other similar purposes. The initiative will enable the vendors to name and shame not only corrupt council officials but their fellow members of the vending enterprise who are corrupt.

Source: Vendors Initiative for Social and Economic Transformation (VISET)