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No street vendors would be allowed on streets and shop corridors-Masebo

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She told vendors to park their goods and vacate the street to promote cleanliness in the city
She told vendors to park their goods and vacate the street to promote
cleanliness in the city

Government has reiterated that it will not allow anarchy in the manner trading was being conducted in the Tourist Capital saying doing so would dent the image of Livingstone as a Tourist capital.

Minister of Tourism and Arts Ms Sylvia Masebo maintained that no street vendors would be allowed on streets and shop corridors along the main Mosi-0-Tunya road in order to clear the streets in readiness for the United Nations World Tourism General Assembly (UNWTO) in August this year.

Addressing 156 streets vendors at the council chambers who were removed from the streets yesterday, Ms Masebo said government was concerned with the plight of streets vendors and was at the same time mindful of keeping the city clean and safe for tourists.

Ms Masebo said overcrowding on the streets due to trading activities has posed a number of challenges for the council including security concerns for both tourists and locals.

“As government we will not fold our arms and let anarchy prevail because we will look like we are disorganized as the Patriotic Front government,” said Ms Masebo.

Ms Masebo also noted that government has been let down by some civil servants who she accused were bent on frustrating government efforts in preparation for the UNWTO.

And Ms Masebo said government would look into the plight of all the affected street vendors and empower them with funds to venture into tourism related products.

The minister encouraged street vendors in Livingstone to take advantage of the government’s Tourism Product Development revolving funds to engage in tourism related products for them to benefit from the event in August this year.

Meanwhile, Livingstone city council has allocated all the street vendors an alternative place to trade from following their removal from the streets yesterday.

A Check by ZANIS at the site this morning found Ms Masebo facilitating allocation of plots to scores of traders behind the former cabinet office.

ZANIS

31 COMMENTS

  1. Is this not a no brainer? Where have you been all you governing months to start allocating plots for street vendors now? Before we celebrate, just wait until our dear President issues another statement about protecting vendors blahblahblah. Livingstone by

    • Pro Nkandu Luo was demoted by Sata & Kabimba over chasing street vendors. But Sylvia Ndaifulila is allowed, is it because she is chitable compared to Ba Prof.?

  2. There is nothing new in what Silvia Masebo is screaming about, this chorus has been repeated over and over for decades and therefore nobody in their right senses will take her seriously. BORING!

  3. Silvia needs OUR support. She is right and this is the stance Prof. Nkandu Luo had taken earlier. We just need to do it. Our streets are filthy the whole country. Vendors must move to designated areas. Viva Masebo and I am with you on this one. We need sanity.

  4. We have so complained that we can no longer enjoy our streets because of the vendors that occupy every spot. Is patriotic to only be concerned about tourists? What is good for the tourist is also good for me!!

  5. Selective discrimination, that’s what the PF is best known for. Shame! Just because there’s no UNWTO in Lusaka and Copper belt therefore these places must remain stinky and filthy with flies and Chibuku pack ‘flying toilets’. Remove vendors in all Towns and Cities Ms Murambiwa. Please!

  6. True, why do our own Government deny us good environment and good living, because of the UNWTO meeting, now roads and other infrastructure are being done, ambulances to arrive soon, seriously injured participants to be air lifted to Lusaka, street vendors have been removed. These are things we think to enjoy when voting but atase.

  7. Isn’t this position against PF policy? It also seems to be a case of inferiority complex -agreeing with common sense only to “impress” the visitors. Reality is, we live this way in Zambia and if it is indeed a policy change then let it stand even after the conference.

  8. The issue I have with Masebo is that she is only looking forward to a “vendor free” UNWTO conference after that its back to normal – its all cosmetic. No one is looking for concrete solutions to this problem like all Zambian problems they are merely sweeping the dirty under the carpet. If we want to really get rid of street vending in town centres…our politicians should stop meddling in city council affairs, let them carry out their duties independently.

    • People will judge you by your words ! This is a 180 degrees turn around by this Masebo person. If you look at the bottom of this very page on the related stories, there is a title”Masebo assures Livingstone street vendors of President Sata’s protection” in which she actually endorses the street vendors and says they are voted Micheal Sata into office and should continue with their businesses in the streets. These people can really Change !!!! Suckers and backstabbers !!!

  9. Well done madam masebo .we would like you to come on lumumba road and clear these salaula traders before a serious accident will open the eyes of the lcc officers.its pathetic .

    • Lumumba road street vending is a disaster in waiting. There will be such a serious road accident that will involve so many people there that these politicians will finally realize the folly of politics of appeasements. Lumumba’s unplanned but politically approved human settlement beats any Hollywood inspired movie, its an embarrassment to all right thinking people in Southern Africa’s filthiest city. But then Government is controlled by chancers in this country so live your life. Oh what a shame!

  10. Do we really need to get rid of the vendors from the streets just because of UNWTO? Our streets are so dirty just because of the vendors. So does it mean after the UNWTO the vendors will be allowed back on the streets in Livingstone? Lets not do things which we cant continue to do.

  11. People will judge you by your words ! This is a 180 degrees turn around by this Masebo person. If you look at the bottom of this very page on the related stories, there is a title”Masebo assures Livingstone street vendors of President Sata’s protection” in which she actually endorses the street vendors and says they are voted Micheal Sata into office and should continue with their businesses in the streets. These people can really Change !!!! Suckers and backstabbers !!!

  12. This is what happens in a country of no principles.These filthy vermin were allowed by Sata onto our streets just to earn their votes.Unprincipled PF is bad for zed.

  13. Masebo stop street politiks, you did the same in Lusaka and the situation is even worse now. These pipo have no space to trade, provide alternative trading space before trying these street stunts

  14. THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS ZAMBIA IS THE DIRTIEST COUNTRY IN SOUTHERN AFRICA. IF ONLY WE CAN THIS CHEAP POLITICS OF APPEASING THE MARGINALIZED.

    THIS COUNTRY HAS SO MUCH POTENTIAL, THE DIRT AROUND LUSAKA AND OTHER TOWNS MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE VOMITING!

    IT HAS TO TAKE NO OTHER PERSON BUT HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT, TO QUICKLY ADDRESS THIS CALAMITY!

  15. THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS ZAMBIA IS THE DIRTIEST COUNTRY IN SOUTHERN AFRICA. IF ONLY WE CAN STOP THIS CHEAP POLITICS OF APPEASING THE MARGINALIZED.

    THIS COUNTRY HAS SO MUCH POTENTIAL, THE DIRT AROUND LUSAKA AND OTHER TOWNS MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE VOMITING!

    IT HAS TO TAKE NO OTHER PERSON BUT HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT, TO QUICKLY ADDRESS THIS CALAMITY!

  16. Of course, it takes MCS for the vendors to vacate the streets since vendors are his people. Prof. Nkandu Luo and Col. Gerry Chanda had voiced out on street vendors but what happened to them? We shall c Sylivia what she will do in Livingstone. She a type of woman who only cleans and decorates her house when she has visitors. Cleanliness should be a lifestyle.

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