Kitwe Town Clerk Boniwell Lwanga has called on street vendors to make use of the space at Chisokone, Nakadoli and Chamboli markets.
Mr. Lwanga said the city’s central business district can only de-congest if vendor returned to markets which the vendor left for the streets in town.
Mr. Lwanga said the local authority is concerned that the major markets in the district are been turned into white elephants.
He added that the council is also encouraged by the keep Kitwe clean campaign which was launched three weeks ago by the Kitwe mayor Kelvin Sinyangwe.
Mr. Lwanga said the city has enough market space which can be used as opposed to trading in the streets.
He further said the continued trading in the streets defeats the whole purpose of the Keep Kitwe clean campaign because just after cleaning people are back in the streets.
Mr. Lwanga also expressed concern about the sanitary conditions of the vendor.
And Shop-rite Kitwe Town center store Branch Manager Alfred Mahachi complained that the chain store had lost business due to street vending.
Mr. Mahachi says it is sad that the venders outside Shoprite are now selling the same products that the chain store is also selling inside.
He cited vegetables as one area where Shop-rite has lost business adding that some people are no longer interested to shop in shop-rite because of the increase in vending.
Mr. Mahachi added vendors are also scaring away its customer because of alleged hand picking at the entrance of the chain store.
Mr. Mahachi however encouraged the local authority to continue with the exercise of keeping the central business district clean.
Meanwhile Kitwe Mayor Kelvin Sinyangwe has vowed that the campaign will continue to bring back the cleanliness of the city of Kitwe.
Earlier some vendors almost protested after word went round that the vendors will not be trading for six days to keep the city clean as a result of the Mopani Copper Mines 2014 Zambia Open Golf Tournament.