Some Lusaka traders have welcomed the decision by Lusaka City Council to rid the streets of vendors.
In random interviews, the traders said the action would remove most of the problems that traders especially shopkeepers have been facing along the streets.
One trader, a Mr Manfred Siaju , stores manager for Pep stores on Cairo Road expressed happiness but said the exercise should not be a one day event but should be continuous.
He said this would ensure that a sense of responsibility was inculcated into the vendors so that they realized that vending on the streets was wrong.
Mr Siaju said customers often complained of harassment from street vendors who in some cases placed their merchandise on door step and prevented customers from entering shops.
“As you can see the corridors now look very clean , people are able to walk freely and cases of pick pocketing will now vanish”, said Mr Siaju.
Mr Siaju added that some vendors tended to tease customers and placed their merchandise in awkward position and forced people to pay them for accidentally stepped on their goods.
Mr Siaju said though he sympathised with street vendors being banished from the streets, there was need for trading to be done in designated
“I agree with the Minister of Local Government and Housing Sylvia Masebo when she said not every corner of Lusaka should be a trading place.
There is need for those vendors to go and carryout their activities in the designated markets”, said Mr Siaju.
Mr Siaju said street vendors posed a serious challenge to shop owners as the had to compete with them for customers.
Another trader identified as Mwansa, a shoe dealer, said though it was a relief to store owners and shoppers, street vendors have lost their only means of survival.
“Some of the vendors were able to feed their families from the little money they earned from the streets and send their children to school.
Now that the council has chased them from the streets, it would be difficult for them to survive.
Mwansa appealed to the council to reduce fees in markets so that they could be affordable to everyone.