Government will not legalise street vending – Muteteka
Parliament yesterday heard that Government has no intentions of legalizing street vending in the country.
Local Government and Housing Deputy Minister Moses Muteteka said government has no intentions of legalizing street vending because the trend is illegal and makes cities look dirty.
Mr. Muteteka said this in response to a question from Chilubi Patriotic Front (PF) Member of Parliament (MP) Obby Chisala who wanted to know whether government intends to legalize street vending following the global recession which has affected many families.
Mr. Muteteka said legalizing street vending would allow many marketeers to move from designated markets to the streets adding that this is what the government does not want to see happen.
Meanwhile, Mr. Muteteka has disclosed that 11,000 marketeers have applied for stands at the New Soweto Market.
He, however, said the number of applications does not correspond with the number of stands at the New Soweto Market adding that the demand for stands at the new market is very high.
Mr. Muteteka said he did not have the amounts as to how much each trader will be paying for a stand at the market.
Mr. Muteteka also advised the opposition Political Parties to stop politicizing the allocation of stands at the New Soweto Market.
He said government shall ensure that the allocation of stands at the market is done in a more fair and objective manner.
Mr. Muteteka said once the allocation of stands at the New Soweto Market is not properly done, his Ministry will always intervene to restore order.