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.