Why has Zimbabwe banned street food? TRT World, January 9, 2017.
The government is trying to control a typhoid outbreak caused by poor sanitation and unregulated water supplies. The ban on street food has been put in place to prevent the water-borne disease from spreading.
How does the ban work?
The ban was imposed in Zimbabwe’s capital and most populous city, Harare.
Under the ban, food, including fruits and vegetables, can no longer be sold at road side stalls.
But the implementation of the order maybe a problem as the city does not have the capacity or the manpower to enforce the ban, a local government official said.
“The city of Harare itself also needs a very strong environment division. I think this has been absent and the municipal police must also do their work. I think those two, if we can have the right skills in those sectors, we should have order in Harare,” Zimbabwe’s Minister of Local Government Saviour Kasukuwere said.
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