Kipushi market shelters demolished


MUSHINDAMO district council has demolished all makeshift market stands at Kipushi border area in Mushindamo district following a seven ultimatum given by the district commissioner Benson Ngambo. A fortnight ago, Mr Ngambo issued a seven-day ultimatum to all marketeers tomobe to another land the council had given them or have their makeshift  stands demolished. Confirming the development to the Daily Nation, district commissioner Mr Ngambo said the move was aimed at curbing illegal trade that had been going on at the market. He said that traders especially those from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo had been entering the country and conducting business at the market without being screened. “We have had a challenge of illegal trade at this market, and this challenge can only be overcome by demolishing everything here, hence what you are seeing being done today,” he said. He explained that alternative land has been secured where all marketeers were expected to build their new stands. He however said no compensation had been given and that only Zambian marketers will be given land free of charge while foreigners will have to follow the right procedure of acquiring land. “The law is very clear when it comes for a foreigner to acquire land, so, the right channel has be followed before any foreigner trader is given land, he said. Meanwhile, Mr Ngambo disclosed that traditional leaders in the district have released about 30,000 hectors of land for the construction of the central business district (CBD). He said a master plan for the district had already been put in place and soon authorities will start implementing it. “We want Mushindamo district to be a unique district by putting infrastructure that befits a new district,” he said. He also thanked the traditional leaders for releasing land to government.