Mudhara toita sei (How can we help boss?) these are the first words that pounce on you the moment you set foot in the Ximex Mall vicinity along Angwa street near the main post office area.
The place has become synonymous with illegal cell phone vending as young unemployed Zimbabweans try to curve a living out of cellphone vending due to the limited employment opportunities in the economy.
By David Zvina
Brighton Chikara, a holder of a Bachelor of Arts degree with the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) has been manning his cell phone trade at the Ximex Mall over the past four years.
Brighton says business has been good as he has managed to accomplish a number of things as well as look after his mother and siblings.
“I am aged 27 and I live in Avondale, I would say business has been good so far and i have accomplished a number of great things through this trade. This business has helped me take care of my little sister and mother back home.
“Times are tough and without this line of trade considering the slim job opportunities in the country, I doubt I would be what I am today,” said Brighton.
The young man trades in all kinds of different cell phone brands including Samsung, Apple, HTC among others.
“In recent years we have had an issue with dubious dealers who dupe customers, selling them fake or mulfunctio0ning phones.”
He stated that the economic situation had affected their business but highlighted that being in the streets and the room to negotiate with customers had given them an edge over mobile shops dealers.