,Lusaka Province Permanent Secretary Stardy Mwale talks to Dr Lastone Chikoya after visiting the Mazabuka and kafue accident victims at the University Teaching Hospital
,Lusaka Province Permanent Secretary Stardy Mwale talks to Dr Lastone Chikoya after visiting the Mazabuka and kafue accident victims at the University Teaching Hospital

Lusaka Province Permanent Secretary Stardy Mwale has assured street vendors in Lusaka that government will not remove them from places where they conduct their business for now but emphasised on the need to keep the streets clean.

Speaking when he addressed over 1000 street vendors at Lusaka main post office, Mr. Mwale said government had acquired refuse trucks which will be used to clean up the city.

Mr Mwale stated that President Edgar Lungu wanted to continue with the legacy of Late President Michael Sata who allowed the vendors to freely trade in streets.

He commended the street vendors for coming up with a programme to sweep and clean all streets in town twice a week in order to address sanitation issues which had raised a lot of concerns from some sectors of society.

He said the programme to clean up the streets is in line with a programme earlier launched dubbed war against garbage

Meanwhile United Street Vendors Foundation district coordinator Emmanuel Sinyangwe said his foundation will ensure that the clean-up exercise is taken serious in order to address the cleanliness in the business trading area.

Mr. Sinyangwe said traders had already come up with a clean-up programme and will ensure that it continues.

He said the traders have pledged to keep the business trading area clean as they are waiting for a permanent trading place to be allocated later.

Mr. Sinyangwe added that traders have agreed to conduct the clean-up exercise every Tuesday as it was demonstrated in the early hours of today.

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32 COMMENTS

  1. Lusaka is dirty,imwe ba street vendor,move away.. ninshi tamwaleila ku sukulu? you start troubling people when it was time to go to school,mulebutuka.

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    • Teacher : what is the dirtiest capital city in Africa?
      pupil: Zambia

      teacher: wrong next.
      pupil : Lusaka

      Teacher: correct.

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    • PS who expected you to have a solution to street vending? At least not reasoning people.

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    • The real Zambian President in waiting (HH) has issued the following brilliant statement for PF to follow if it genuinely cares for its people.

      ‘A genuine government that is currently facing bankruptcy and cares for its citizens would have considered taking pay-cuts by President Edgar Lungu himself and his cabinet, ‘ he said.

      By taking a pay cut, they would save some money and use it to subsidise fuel to cushion the impact that fuel increase would inflict on the citizenry.

      Zambia really needs HH and UPND to steer it away from PF ‘s man made calamity.

      PF only accepts responsibility if Kwacha gains, if load shedding minimises, but when Kwacha falls and load shedding increases then its not their responsibility.

      If PF dodges responsibility then why do they collect taxes?

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    • @Nubian princess

      I am sorry to say that you are such a dull character who thinks that, any status quo is set in stone and can not be changed.

      Street vending was common here in Europe in the early 60 and late 70s until the governments with the support of well meaning citizens took action to provide alternative vending places.

      Here in the UK, the councils has come up with designated places where people can vend their products. And there are days for selling home unused items and other types of merchandise.

      In Zambia its just that PF is scared of losing elections for doing the right thing and prevent disease.

      HH has a lasting solution to vending by letting them continue while government looks for alternative place to relocate them permanently. But for PF no plan at all.

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    • its tourist attraction….. pyramids for Zambia pharaohs plus street vendor and uncle dizzy on top!!! awe shuwa…. lusaka will be something else

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  2. Nosense,legacy of Sata when you are eating with RB,appointed criminals that were fired by Sata my foot

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  3. This is another u-se.le.ss PF leader. Is dead Sata’s approval for street vending a legacy to be continued? Only in Zambia can this nonsense be allowed. Zambians vote wisely in 2016 and remove the u.s.e.l.e.s.s PF govt with no vision which has brought more poverty and disease in Zambia.

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    • And replace them with an inexperienced calculator baby in nappies, cant never.

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    • HH promised them to continue trading in the streets. If he removes them he will never be voted for.

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  4. There is no need to have street vendors especially in the central business districts. What’s wrong with our politicians? If indeed demand is there then even if these vendors are relocated at some place away from the street, demand will still be there. Do not tell me me that Zambians are so careless that they spend their hard earned money on things they don’t need. Our Cairo road is so filthy, the island smells of urine and human excreta! Shame on this visionless politicians.

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  5. That trading in the streets include cadres operating from bus stations. Their presence cause hiking of bus charges to find some thing to leave for cadres. Lungu you must be ashamed of yourself. I quoted one min bus driver today saying ‘if I dont give those guys money I cant load my bus. They even ring Lungu directly. There are some places in Kulima Tower where they take an offender for beating. There they beat more than the police do.’ Haa, there are some place where peoplein Zambia are getting inhuman and degrading traetment. Where is the Human Hights Commission and the police. ‘Zambia shall be free.’

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  6. HH promised them to continue trading in the streets. If he removes them he will never be voted for.

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    • Correction, HH promised to find them alternative trading places. Silvia Masebo and Patricia Nawa are the only iron ladies who managed to removed street vendors. Bring the girls back and they’ll do the job

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    • He never said he will find the alternative places, it’s documented he said will not not move them from the streets once voted into power. You Tonga guys you need to face the facts, that’s why you will never rule Zambia

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  7. This is insane! You can have a lace where they can conduct their business but not on the streets. It can have and cause major health issues especially those who sell vegetable and throw rotting tomatoes everywhere causing flies. What about stagnant water which is a breeding place for mosquitoes. In order for the government to make money these people need to pay for licences because they make money. A market place is where they belong so they pay rent just like people who own stores. It is very disgusting seeing them everywhere with all sorts of products. If you want to make your town attractive especially for tourists, clean up your streets. Ku Bulaya this never happens, even if it does its designated areas not the street but their government charge money. This minister is full of it!

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  8. foolish. the chaps are encroaching literally everywhere. no respect for business owners. what political expediency can do! most of those chaps dont even vote! garbage city

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  9. President Lungu if smart would remove each and every MP and PF cadre AKA district commissioner linked to Sata. This Sata nonsense is holding glorious Zambia back. I am now seeing the brilliance of having MMD MPs work with Lungu, if only UPND and FDD would work with him so as we all forget this Sata legacy nonsense. President Lungu needs to use his own initiative.

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  10. It’s an Obvious case because PF want Votes,therefore Vendors can’t be removed for now .

    Lusaka is very dirty and disorganised at the moment.

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  11. Zambia is one of the most disorganized countries in the World its cities look like the are recovering from war, unplanned settlements streets littered with everything dirty you know. one day you will have a serious out break of Typhoid and cholera at once. We literally cant manage anything from Land, Bus stops, markets, universities, or hospitals councils are in disarray and everyone just claps. You just give Levy Mwanawasa Stadium and Heroes Stadium five years you will see how dilapidated the will be, already Heroes Stadium is over grown with all kinds of weeds. Zambia the real Africa for you.

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  12. @1.5 wanzelu, if President Lungu cut his salary by half, or even by 100%, by how much do you think that fuel prices will reduce, 50%, 100%, 0.000001%, miniscule, or so negligible that we would be wasting our time debating trivial issues, to quote president HH?

    Wanzelu, what is your correct name? Trivia?

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  13. Lusaka smells,stinks,kununka minsho maningi,its a disgrace of a capital city.malabishi!

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  14. LUSAKA IS A PIT LATRINE AND A DISEASE TIME BOMB.

    VERY SURPRISING FOR GOVERNMENT TO ASSURE VENDORS THAT THEY CANNOT BE REMOVED. THIS MEANS THAT IN OUR LIFE TIME, WE MAY NEVER SEE THE CLEAN LUSAKA CITY AGAIN.

    THERE IS A REASON OUR COLONIAL MASTERS NEVER ALLOWED INDIVIDUALS TO TRADE ANY HOW AND ANYWHERE AND THESE LAWS HAVE NEVER CHANGED.

    POLITICIANS AND LAW ENFORCING AGENTS HAVE BEEN CORRUPTED BY THE PUBLIC/BUSINESS ENTITIES TO RELAX. THIS IS WHAT CORRUPTION CAN DO – IT DESTROYS A COUNTRY AND CANNOT BE REVERSED. WHAT A COUNTRY WE ARE LEAVING OUR CHILDREN WITH!!!!!!!!!

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  15. Street vending goes on in many countries. In Thailand cooked food is sold on the streets. Some of the delicious food is cooked on the streets. The Thai have a policy for cleaning the streets and corridors on certain days so vending takes place. Howeve, the vending here is a bit much! Take a walk on Cairo Road and you will se clothes hanging from shop windows. I feel sorry for the shop owners.

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  16. I thought a Permanent Secretary was a civil servant…another job for cadres…you have this bum making Political utterances!!

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  17. It’s a shame that countries live Ethiopia are doing better than zambia, when Zed has all these resources. Ine chilankalipa.

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  18. One wonders whether these PF goons have brains. How can this idio.t Lusaka PS say that street vending will continue? I wonder whether these PF leaders have any grey matter. The problem is they want to live for now and think that they will be in power for ever.

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