Local Government and Housing Minister Nkandu Luo has said that she will soon announce a penalty for street vending. Street vendors have taken over almost the entire central business district following President Michael Sata’s directive to local authorities to allow the vendors to trade from the streets.
But Professor Luo has told parliament today that the penalty she will come up with will also apply to people who have the tendency of buying from the vendors. She said that the ministry’s focus is to deal with street vending throughout the country.
There have been growing complaints of vendors using empty opaque beer packs to answer the call of nature which they dispose off indiscriminately posing the threat of disease outbreaks such as cholera.
And Parliament today heard that Lusaka district is leading in gender based violence cases, with 3,836 cases recorded from January 2011 to January 2012.
The house was also informed that 1,939 cases of defilement were recorded during the same period countrywide.
Home Affairs Minister Kennedy Sakeni attributed the increase in the reported cases of gender based violence to sensitization and information flow.
Mr Sakeni says more awareness means that people are able to come out and report such cases to the Police.
He adds that it is not that defilement and gender based violence cases were not occurring in the past.
Mr Sakeni further stated that with the Anti Gender Based Violence Act now in place, it is hoped that cases of gender based violence will reduce.
The home affairs Minister was responding to a question by Kabwe Central Member of Parliament James Kapyanga who wanted to know what measures are being taken to reduce the rising cases of gender-based violence in Zambia.