Kitwe Mayor Kelvin Sinyangwe yesterday led street vendors and council workers in cleaning up the town centre which is slowly being turned into a garbage site.
Mr Sinyangwe, who has selected Tuesday, as a day for cleaning up the city centre, said street vendors should be responsible by cleaning up the areas where they operate from instead of waiting for the council to do that for them.
He said the council was asking for cooperation from street vendors to clean up the city and look after their surroundings as opposed to indiscriminate throwing of litter.
“We don’t want to chase you from the streets because we know this is where you earn your income to feed your children and take them to school, but what we want as a local authority is to be responsible and clean up the areas where you are trading from.
“If you are responsible in terms of cleaning up your surroundings, then we will have a good relationship and we will work together in cleaning and making our city a better place to live in,” said the Mayor as street vendors applauded. And Kitwe Town Clerk Mr Bornwell Luanga, who accompanied the Mayor in the cleaning exercise said the council had set aside K10,000 to clean up the city.
He appealed to shop owners, street vendors and other stakeholders to support the council’s initiative of cleaning up the city.
“As a council we are asking for cooperation from street vendors and other stakeholders in the city to make Kitwe a better place to live in. They should not throw litter any how and then blame the council, but they should also be responsible and clean up the areas where they are trading from,” Mr Luanga said.