Prof Nkandu Luo taking part in a Health Forum debate
Prof Nkandu Luo

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.

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    • And whats the point of saying “I will do this I will do that’ when she cant even do it. I like people who said, ‘wwe diid it’, not I will do this or that just wasting people’s time.

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  1. So Mrs. Luo will single handedly come up with these penalties? What the hell do we have parliament for? Ba Professor ifontini, Sata’s madness is rubbing off on his whole cabinet. She used to be a smart woman, now her gray matter has gone to the dogs as well.

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  2. Give dem jobs. Yo master (ukwa) made a rong decision of nt consulting the public. Let dem flower da motherland.

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  3. This is certainly a great move. Now, let it receive the blessing of everyone in government, including, your boss. He needs to learn to keep his mouth shut and let ministers do their work. The public will support you on this!

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  4. Madam Prof Luo please sit down we all know there is nothing you can do or will do. Your boss Ukwa will come and derail all your decisions so madam just relax and wait for him to come home. And why are you coming out now when he is not around to make pronouncements? :-?

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  5. MADAM MINISTER, ONE ADVICE. START BUILDING AUTOMATIC FEE-PAYING TOILETS ALL OVER ZAMBIA- NOT ONLY LUSAKA, KITWE AND NDOLA. THIS WILL COINCIDE WITH THE DEBASEMENT OF THE KWACHA WHERE ONCE AGAIN ZAMBIA WILL HAVE COINS. TOILETS ARE A LUCRATIC BUSINESS FOR COUNCILS ALLOVER THE WORLD APART FROM KEEPING CITIES CLEAN. WITHOUT MY SUGGESTION TAKEN SERIUOSLY, DON’T EVEN COME WITH THAT LAW. STREET VENDING IS A PUBLIC NUISANCE JUST LIKE SHI.TING IN THE STREETS. I VE NEVER SEEN CITIES WITH NO PUBLIC TOILETS-ONLY IN ZAMBIA.

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  6. hahaha more drama in GRZ and PF, i have made-up my mind 2016 am going to zed to stand as MP in my constituency.

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  7. Zambia is a very dirty country , sure pipo urinating and shitting in empty opaque beer boxes and throw anyhow ..yaba animalism at its best.

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  8. I AM SAYING THIS COS YOU CAN NEVER COMPLETELY ELIMINATE STREET VENDING. SOME OF ITY WILL REMAIN. BUT IT WILL EASILY BE CONTROLLED IN THE NAME OF A FESTIVAL MARKET, SUNDAY MARKET, SATURDAY MARKET OR THURSDAY MARKET, OR WHATEVER. SO, PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS BE SHI..TING IN STREETS WITHOUT PROPER PUBLIC TOILETS.

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  9. NANGU FYE NIMWEBENE MADAM, KUTI MWACITA SHANI SHIKI NGA YAMISANGILA PACIKWEPE (TRAVELATOR) MU MAISENI SUPER MARKET?

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  10. Oh darn. Where am I going to get my pirate DVD’s :) Good call on the gender violence act. Now let’s see how the enforcement part works. No one wants to be bouted outside a boxing ring…

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  11. NANGU FYE NIMWEBENE MADAM, KUTI MWACITA SHANI SHI.KI NGA YAMISANGILA PACIKWEPE (TRAVELATOR) MU MAISENI SUPER MARKET?

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  12. politicians think they are parents of zambian no wonder you have a president that insults his people-his employers. let luo punish street vendors not innocent zambian. why should i be charged by luo for buying from a chap who is bothering me with chinese things. just empower local councils and they will do it. anyway good luck to you knowing your president says the contrary.

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  13. Prof Luo pretending to be working….
    Let’s see how you are going to chase Ukwa’s brothers from the street

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  14. Nkandu, please find something else to talk about.

    Street vending is not Zambia’s utmost problem and you know it, so stop throwing dirt in our eyes and deal with the real issues.

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  15. Those who understand this government know that this is a ‘flip’ to be followed by a ‘flop’ shortly.

    This is just hollow noise to distract from the story of the moment…Ukwa’s operation in bird flu infested india

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    • Very funny! I think I am going to use that phrase ‘flip’ to be followed by a ‘flop’.

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  16. This is Zambia, how this policy will be manifested is quiet frankly impossible.

    The bottomline is, Luo is mistaking a third world, life expectancy of less than 22, pot hole riddled, with the majority of nonsensical people with Glasgow unpalatable and impregnable .
    Before you do anything like that educate people that is the remedy, I a busy doing my PHD and once that is out of the way I would like to to think I would probably be too wise mingling with a lot of people here and may with disgust stop visiting LusakaTimes if people continue exhibiting high jejune syndromes

    Someone pas s the puke bucket!

    Thanks

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    • As a sex worker I suck everybody including Nick. That is how I earn a living. It’s good business better than selling on the streets of Lusaka, you know
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    • As a sex worker I suck everybody including Nick. That is how I earn a living. It’s good business better than selling on the streets of Lusaka, you know
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  17. ‘The first cut is the deepest’. Sata allowed vending. With the swollen number of vendors on the street, you will not manage.

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  18. And when the unpredictable one with a short fuse flies back in from India …he will rubbish all these statements at the airport and call Dr Luo indiscipline.  

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  19. MINISTER LUO , DON’T CHASE ANYBODY WHO TRADES IN THE STREETS , THEY ARE SUFFERING ,BECAUSE GOVERMENT IS NOT OFFERING ENOUGH JOBS TO THEM , IF THEY ARE NOT TRADING ,THEY WILL DIE WITH THEIR FAMILY BECAUSE OF HUNGER . YOU SHOULD FULLFILL PF PROMISE TO PEOPLE OF ZAMBIA , PRESIDENT ORALLY LEGALIZED STREET VENDING, YOU ARE RICH ENOUGH , SO PLEASE sympathize your fellow brothers and sisters , just imagine one day you are poor like them selling in the street only for the purpose of feeding family , what is your feeling going to be ? do you also expect same thing happen to you , if they have more jobs , high paid , who wants to be like that , they also dreaming about driving nice cars like you ,sitting in nice office , drinking coffee , nice villas , but its just a dream ,it ll never happen

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  20. if PF is not offering better policies to them that include everybody ,from street vendor to investors,they all need better and favorable policies , let all zambia enriched , zambians will be rich if PF ENCOURAGE THEM continously , do not discourage anybody , teach them , do not punish them, you will see riot soon in lusaka ,if you want to do bad things , and you will be fired by president , i warn you !!! More money in your pocket , more money in our people’s pocket ,do not doubt zambians , time is now ,do not wait for more money , but work for more money , you are stronger than any body else ,african champion .

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  21. This is a sure sign that MLGH has failed to curb street vending. It has also failed to manage Councils during The Prof.’s tenure. Councils are now focused on health issues (??????)
    Instead of tackling the real issue behind street vending, the Prof. targets somebody else. Lusaka City Council during (The Great) Masebo’s days spent a fortune to successfully rid the City of street vendors. No compromise! Now under Luo The Prof, they are back with a vengeance. She talks of punishing the wrong people. Let Masebo come back into Local Government and leave Luo ‘the Prof’ to health and hygiene issues.

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  22. Luo be careful with your talk dont think UKWA has gone to India forever.When he comes back your ministry will be re-aligned and re-positioned for challenging his legalisation of street vending

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  23. Life expectancy 22 @Mushota???? At least your brain can look forward to enjoying 14 more years before it reaches the ripe old age of 22!!! Enjoy the time .

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  24. Luo thinks that they are still in opposition. Just do don’t ask or are you trying to address ukwa through the press knowing that he is against what you want to do ?

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  25. Luo, that is the wisest thing to do. Fines will always deter street vending, keep the streets clean and keep the nation healthy. Hope Sata won’t come and reverse the decision. Those of you supporting street vending should get a life. Don’t just drink. Support your relatives and they won’t be on the streets.

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  26. Nkandu babes, your boss is a raving lunatic and will once again overturn your directive soon as he returns from his medical tourism in India.

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  27. IF YOU PEOPLE STOP BUYING FROM VENDORS AND LEARN TO BUY FROM LAW ABIDING MARKETERERS IN MARKETS THEN THESE PEOPLE WILL LEAVE THE STREETS AND GO TO MARKETS WHERE THERE IS DEMAND.SO DON’T BUY FROM VENDORS BECAUSE YOU ARE CREATING DEMAND.LET’S TRY THIS IT SHOULD WORK PEACEFULLY. ALSO NEXT TIME GOVT WANT TO BUILD MARKETS MAKE THEM CIRCULAR WITH CAR PARK SURROUNDING A MARKET LIKE A FOOTBALL STADIUM WITH MANY ENTRANCES ALLOWING EQUAL DEMAND TO ALL.

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  28. Start with removing the vendors from the streets. How can you fine the person buying when you allow the vendor to sell. Lumumba road is an eye sore.

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  29. Dear Professor, your earlier decision to ban street vending was overruled by your boss. We have every confidence that he will overrule you on this one too, even if he approved it in private with you. But hey, you might just swing it if you do it while he is away on medical check ups in India.

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  30. Let us accept that Prof. Luo has been frustrated by President Ukwa. As Minister of Local Govt she tried to enforce existing Laws to clean up the streets, but Ukwa intervened by legalising street vending. Tomatoes etc are being sold along the varandas of shops whose owners pay ground rates ,rentals and tax to ZRA. Prof. Luo now wants to penalise people who buy from street vendors, but who will police this provision o the Law when Police Officers can opt to wear a fake Traffic cap to make money at illegal road blocks. She must get Ukwa’s permission to enforce her Ministerial responsibilities. Yes Ukwa is a good comedian and Prof. Luo, Kambwili, Guy Scott, Bob Sichinga etc are the up-coming leading stars on DSTV Channel 114 – Africa Magic.

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  31. pronouncements,”Ilyeshi”,I hope no one will issue contradictory statements to defind the street vendors who have choked the streets of Lusaka.But a word of caution,diologue with the street vendors ,council,general public and policy implemetors

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  32. These are Muchinga standards. Muchinga has very poor standards and Sata wants to inflict them on the rest of the country. It is nonsense. Even the street vendors themselves, how do they feel? No wonder other races wonder whether black people are normal. And I really doubt that they are normal people. Even a wild animal knows what is right. A cat knows where to go to do toilet issues. Black people in Zambia shit on each other’s heads, just because that is what the president has said. Amazing.

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  33. “Home Affairs Minister Kennedy Sakeni attributed the increase in the reported cases of gender based violence to sensitization and information flow” S.tupid statement by this low calibre Minister. Who doesn`t know that beating a woman is wrong? Sakeni should be talking about implementing much, much stiffer laws to cage class-less men who beat women.

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  34. It is not possible that people can *stop* buying from street vendors – it keeps these unemployed youths employed. Some other solution needs to be devised Does this include buying newspapers?

    At whatever level, they should sit down as any sensible administration does and communicate one view. It’d be a shame if Ukwa came back and reversed everything.

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  35. All that we are doing is just critising. Lets come up with suggestions on how we can solve this problem vendors despite being employed are a menace. all those who have working brains please bring up the idea and if its worthy it it will be tried. Prof Luo has made a suggestion how about you? We know you dont agree but we want to hear your alternative method, thats how we will build this country.

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  36. Tasintha Luo is behaving like Nervous Mumba did to Mwanawasa. Too much acting big when the Bossman is not around. This is a disgusting Bemba trait. I hope that a mabolo-less Sata or even his corpse on arrival from India will have a few things to say to this Luo spoiler. What is PFooters’ real policy on anything? Does anybody know; do we care anymore?

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  37. Ndibwino mwaice wandi kaponya munshi. Mwaice whats wrong with the woman?I mean uyu namayo Luo.when I go out of the country she start pronouncements over my people on the streets.I will re-allign her when I fly in,she is becoming a problen,she doesnt know that they are the ones who voted for us and no any other could?why is she concerned as if she shop from her.she still has MMD in her minds,thats the problem working with the educated they dont know that politics is all about numbers.These so called educated have given me so much stress in my governing my people

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