Kitwe city council has introduced penalty levies for street vendors effective yesterday, February, 2016.
Kitwe City Council Public Relation Officer, Donna Mbalwe, said the decision by the council to introduce penalty levies for street vendors is to assist council generate funds.
Ms Mbalwe said vendors have been selling for years without having to pay anything to the council and it is high time they start paying something.
Dyness Namwila, a vendor at Shoprite, said the move by council was a good one as long as the local authority is able to clean the streets themselves.
Ms Namwila said vendors have been cleaning the streets since the time they started selling in the streets and if they have to be paying then council workers should take up the responsibility of sweeping the streets.
Henry Kambole, another street vendor at after Ten Restaurant, said vendors will only pay the levy if council produces receipts.
He said vendors paying to the council will make their business legal and they expect to be treated like any other trader without fear of being stopped by anyone.
Violet Mwenya said the late President, Michael Sata, allowed them to trade freely in the streets and wondered why that should change now.
Ms Mwenya said vendors do not earn enough for them to be paying to the council but if they have to then they will should not be expected to clean the streets.