LOCAL Government and Housing Minister Stephen Kampyongo has said he expect Chipata Municipal Council employees to follow the laid down procedures when handling street vendors after President Edgar Lungu had intervened in the matter.
He said yesterday that there was no need for the local authority to be inconsistent regarding the issue of street vendors.
Mr Kampyongo said that it was sad that council officers were busy chasing away street vendors instead of providing them with land where they could trade from.
“Following Presidential directive regarding the issue of street vendors I had a meeting with the council in which measures are suppose to be taken because you cannot treat the vendors in a barbaric manner,” he said.
The minister said street vendors were going through a number of difficulties in which they should be treated like human beings.
On Tuesday at Luangwa Lodge in Chipata when he addressed PF officials, President Lungu warned council and civil servants not to undermine his Government because he would flush them out.
The Head of State said he was disturbed with reports that Chipata Municipal Council officials were treating street vendors like criminals in the border town.
He said street vendors were not criminals which could warrant the local authorities to start treating them like criminals even burning their trading places and merchandise.
He warned that whoever undermined his Government would be flushed out from the office without any restraint.
President Lungu had since ordered Mr Kampyongo to do something regarding the council
Mr Kampyongo has also indicated that there was a process to be followed by his ministry for it to grant a town a city to any town.
He said once the process was followed, the ministry recommends to the Head of State to declare it a city.