The Lusaka City Council (LCC) is pondering allocating some streets in the city where street vendors will be allowed to conduct their business.
LCC Public Relations Manager Chanda Makanta said the local authority was working on measures to organise street vendors instead of chasing them without giving them alternative places to sell their merchandise from.
The City Council has in the past attempted to curb street vending in the city but this proved futile as vendors returned to the streets alleging that they had nowhere to conduct business from.
In an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka yesterday, Mrs. Makanta said the local authority was aware of high unemployment levels among citizens hence the decision to allocate certain streets such as Katondo, Nkwazi and Chiparamba to vendors.
She explained that this was in order to prevent street vendors from trading anywhere else in the city.
The Council Public Relations Manager said the local authority has had meetings with shop owners in the named streets most of whom were agreeable to the idea except for few who were still engaged in dialogue with LCC.
Mrs. Makanta said according to the laws of Zambia, street vending was illegal but the Council was planning to make it more organised so that traders were compelled to making the streets clean as opposed to the current scenario.
She appealed to shop owners, who were still hesitant, to consider the Council’s proposal so that street vendors could be directed where to conduct their business.