Solwezi Municipal Council Mayor Ezekiel Mulonga has appealed to shop owners in the district to stop renting out their shops to foreigners.
Mr. Mulonga says most shop owners in the area are trading illegally and do not have valid documents to be in the Country.
The illegal traders, mostly from neighbouring countries are reported to have taken over trading space and shops in markets thereby denying the Municipality the much needed revenue for developmental projects.
ZANIS reports the Solwezi Mayor saying in an interview today that his council will not allow the current trend to continue saying sooner than later council police will pounce on offenders.
On street vending he stressed that it has never been allowed at any given time, adding that, the Council will not dwell on politics but move in.
The Mayor has since appealed for cooperation from members of the public in ensuring that Solwezi town rids itself of undesirable trading practices and cheating the Council out of its revenue collections.
He also observed that the township had become very dirty.
The District lately expressed been swarmed by aliens who enter the country, nearly on a daily basis without valid papers and engage themselves in various trading practices in the markets.
He said the streets the majority of whom are also being looked after by Zambians in the compounds.