Vendors sweep Lusaka streets

Traders and vendors yesterday marked the eve of 50 years Golden Jubilee celebrations by sweeping and cleaning streets of Lusaka.

Speaking to the Daily Nation yesterday, one of the traders Richard Kayula explained that they did not want to be left out in the Jubilee celebrations and that the only way they could commemorate this special day was to clean the streets. “We as vendors are not left out and we have embarked on this cleaning exercise to make sure the streets in which we operate from are clean,” he said.

Mr Kayula called on the street vendors to cooperate and ensure they operated in a good environment, adding that the exercise should be a long term process.He said that vendors also contributed to the economic growth of the country and that it was vital that they were also recognised. Mr Kayula said the programme to keep Lusaka clean was important in the management of solid waste. He said there was need for vendors to ensure cleanliness of their surroundings to prevent disease by picking plastics and other waste as they walked along and dumped the materials in the garbage carriers that were located near their trading areas.

“I am appealing to my fellow traders to learn to keep our trading areas clean and also to ensure they pick all the dirt and throw them in the designated bins that have been placed in their trading areas,” he said.The traders from all the streets of Lusaka yesterday suspended their businesses and took part in cleaning the streets in Lusaka along Lumumba, Freedom Way, Cha Cha Cha and Cairo roads among others.

Lusaka City Council public relations manager Habeenzu Mulunda said the exercise was part of the Jubilee celebrations to ensure all the citizens participated.