Ndola street vedors stay put

GOVERNMENT has no immediate plans of removing street vendors in Ndola, says district commissioner George Chisulo. Speaking during a ‘‘Keep Zambia Clean’’ campaign meeting organized by Association of Vendors, Traders and Marketeers of Zambia (AVT) at at Lowenthal Theatre, Mr Chisulo dispelled rumours of any plans to evict vendors. Mr .Chisulo insisted that that vendors would instead be protected and continue to transact from spaces they had occupied. Amid jubilation, chanting and dancing by the vendors in attendance, Mr Chisulo informed them that the current Government leadership was pro-poor and interested in serving the community from diverse backgrounds. “President Lungu can’t just throw you out of the streets, he is the President of the people. We know that is where you get your bread and butter. “You also provide services to the community at large because it is not everyone that has patience to queue up in shops but opt to buy from the streets,” he said He explained that the eviction exercise would only be undertaken when alternative trading sites were identified. He emphasized that the vendor must ensure that cleanliness was the order of the day in view of the coming rainy season. Mr. Chisulo said failure to attain good sanitation by the vendors would result in outbreak of water-borne diseases such as cholera. He appealed to marketeers that benefited from the Presidential Empowerment Fund Initiative to pay back to accord other traders opportunity to borrow from the fund and grow their businesses. And speaking at the same meeting, AVTMZ president Frederick Tembo said that the association would work closely with Government and local authority on the issue of sanitation.