GOVERNMENT has urged street vendors trading along the
Umodzi Highway in Chipata District to move from the streets
to allow Mota Engil contractor to finish carrying out work without
Eastern Province Minister Makebi Zulu said in a telephone
interview that there was need for street vendors to comply with the
directive that they should move from the streets into market place.
“I am advising the street vendors to move out from the streets so that
the contractor who is carrying out works cannot be disturbed. The same
street vendors who are selling along the road have left Saturday
market stands,” he said.
The minister also disclosed that Chipata Municipal Council has found
an alternative land which some street vendors without stands could be
Mr Zulu said the council would ensure that the place were some street
vendors would be relocated becomes habitable.
Last Friday scores of street vendors fought running battles with the
police as they protested over the decision by Chipata Municipal
Council to remove them from the streets.
The angry street vendors were demanding for the removal of Chipata
Mayor Sinoya Mwale.
Police officers fired teargas canisters after the traders refused to
stop the protest but they also responded by throwing stones at the law
But Mr Mwale said it does not make sense for street vendors to rise
against the council because the decision to remove them was agreed by
Government and the council.