he Kitwe City Council today swung into action removing vendors on part of Matuka Avenue. This follows City Mayor, Christopher Kang'ombe's remarks during a meeting at the weekend that he would not tolerate vending in the Central Business District (CBD). In the picture, a front end loader removing palates where vendors used to display their merchandise. PICTURE BY MUKWINDA NG'UNI/ZANIS
The Kitwe City Council today swung into action removing vendors on part of Matuka Avenue. This follows City Mayor, Christopher Kang’ombe’s remarks during a meeting at the weekend that he would not tolerate vending in the Central Business District (CBD). In the picture, a front end loader removing palates where vendors used to display their merchandise. PICTURE BY MUKWINDA NG’UNI/ZANIS

The Kitwe city council has banned Street vending in the central business district as part of efforts to clean up the city.

Mayor Christopher Kangombe is urging vendors to go back to the markets where they should conduct their activities.

Mr Kangombe said the affected vendor’s have been engaged by his office on various occasions and were informed about their relocation.

The Kitwe Mayor says it is wrong for the affected vendors to complain of victimization.

Mr. Kangombe said the removal of vendors from the streets should not be politicized.

He said the local authority wants to bring orderliness in the manner street vendors conduct business.

Mr. Kangombe said the city had enough trading space at existing markets which are deserted.

The Kitwe city council has since started removing the vendors from the streets.

Meanwhile, District commissioner Binwell Mpundu has told ZNBC News in a separate interview that there’s need to keep the city clean to avoid the outbreak of diseases.

Mr. Mpundu said government is determined to ensure that vendor’s conduct their business in a conducive manner.

He was however quick to explain that the removal of vendors was a complex one which needed to be handled cautiously.

And the Association of Vendors and Traders- Avema in Kitwe has supported the removal of street vendors from the central business district.

Avema President Able Chikwa said the Vendors have merely been relocated to designated areas where they should do business.

Mr. Chikwa said there is a lot of trading space in various markets in Kitwe and wondered why people were rushing to trade on the streets.

he Kitwe City Council today swung into action removing vendors on part of Matuka Avenue. This follows City Mayor, Christopher Kang'ombe's remarks during a meeting at the weekend that he would not tolerate vending in the Central Business District (CBD). In the picture, a front end loader removing palates where vendors used to display their merchandise. PICTURE BY MUKWINDA NG'UNI/ZANIS
The Kitwe City Council today swung into action removing vendors on part of Matuka Avenue. This follows City Mayor, Christopher Kang’ombe’s remarks during a meeting at the weekend that he would not tolerate vending in the Central Business District (CBD). In the picture, a front end loader removing palates where vendors used to display their merchandise. PICTURE BY MUKWINDA NG’UNI/ZANIS
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    • Mushota I think you have not gone further than Grade 9. You are too shallow. Furthermore, it looks like you have no job thus on the net all the time. Find yourself someting to do.

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    • WOW WOW WOW WOW, My Mushota, Is it really true that you really lost my contact? Probably you’ve many clients… how come you’re still on this forum and don’t see my messages to you, if it’s true that you’ve benn offline for the past month??? Anyway, I just wanted to tell you that I needed the second time you promised.. I enjoyed myself, leaving all my milk Maheu in your ass

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    • Mushota whatever your name is,am sure to you this a game by trying to upset well meaningful people. You’re a dog with no brains and I hope people can start ignoring you that’s the only way to to get the best out of your foolishness. You have nothing but rubbish. You are the definition of foolish and truth be told you bored to death with no life.

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    • You are rather shallow your street urchin, for someone who has delusions of being learnered infact you are an insult to delusional people

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    • As long as there are designated places where these street vendors can go to carry out their businesses, I have no sympathy for them being removed from illegal places. It’s hard to keep the cities and the country clean if you just allow people to sell merchandise from where ever they feel like. They need to go to the market place. Follow the rules, and help keep your city clean, please. So thumbs up to the Kitwe city Mayor for his effort to keep the city clean. In fact all the cities across Zambia should learn from this and do like wise. HELP KEEP ZAMBIA CLEAN.

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    • A country is like a house. If you live in a dirty house no one will ever want to visit you, let alone eat food from your house. If you live in a house where rats and roaches are constantly playing banjos and jumping all over the place, never expect anyone in their right mind to visit you. And if they do visit your house once, the chances are, they’ll vow never to visit you again. They’ll talk about how filthy your house is to their friends and warn them never to visit you. Same goes for the country. No one wants to visit a dirty country. Or even if they do, they’ll never want to visit your country again. When tourists review countries, they talk about cleanliness first. Everything else is secondary. The PF government keeps whining that the country is not having enough tourists…

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    • (Country)… visiting, and yet they don’t want to pay attention to the mountains of garbage littered across the country. Clean the country first, and you’ll see tourists wanting to visit the country again and again. Lastly, a country is like a motel. A dirty motel will have less guests patronizing it. They call them roach motels in the USA. If you clean up your motel, fix the rooms, and clean up the exterior surroundings, you’ll see more guests flocking to your motel. So PF leaders, which one do you want Zambia to be: A five star motel/hotel or a roach motel/hotel? Your choice. But we’re watching you. Choose wisely. Remember you visit very clean countries across the world. If you don’t learn anything from them, at least emulate them in their cleanliness. CLEAN UP THE COUNTRY –…

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  1. A nincompoop called Mushota is still allowed to comment here. I don’t get it. This person is retrogressive and stinks

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    • Street vending at its collosal scale in Kitwe and other towns is a curse that has to be removed. Shop owners now have no business because customers are intimidated and cannot even find entry points to shops. PF have to do the right thing and restore order to our towns. I dread to think what an out of control truck could do to street vendors on Lumumba Road in Lusaka. Thanks Mayor Kangombe for showing the way.

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    • @BTL this is good, you don’t have to be PF or otherwise to support efforts that are meant to improve our well being.

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  2. Mushota I think you have not gone further than Grade 9. You are too shallow. Furthermore, it looks like you have no job thus on the net all the time. Find yourself someting to do.

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  3. Chris Kang’ombe boi, welcome to the people on the move, who’re moving FORWARD… it’s not easy to take a right position that entails you going forwards, when the majority still DUNUNA in reverse gear….

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  4. Way to go,politics of dirty must come to an end. You are the man and if anyone is going to disagree with you let them go to hell. This is the right move and I hope others will follow. Lusaka you’re next.

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    • This will fail because PF depends on illegality for its survival so it cant act against itself the kitwe boys headboy abit excited but should settle down to his party standard sooner than later.

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    • This is happening despite Lungu. Just wait for the backlash. It was Satan who stopped Nkandu Luo from ejecting Street vendors in Lusaka because he claimed it were street vendors who put him in State House. PF are the cause of this breakdown in law and order. This type of choas is everywhere where PF control the council.

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  5. Do not be surprised if Bowman and his Lazy Boss intervene to win over BUFFOON Kambwili’s supporters…you need steadfast leadership when tackling such an issue…the mayor needs support from opposition and govt.

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  6. Great move Your Worship!! We need courageous persons like Mayor Kangombe and we are solidly behind you to bring back sanity to our towns and cities. Kitwe looked like a war zone in Somalia, Lusaka worse town centre kwati ni ku marabo. Ama building abandoned and every business is relocating to residential areas. Soon banks will also run away from town.

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    • You terrible rat. How can you keep clean when pf cadres are dirty kaponya who have no idea what a bin is used for. Lungu needs to go

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    • The chaos in Lusaka is solely due to PF. They took over a clean city in 2011. Before then Mayor Patricia Nawa set a very good example by sweeping the streets in Lusaka. But PF are dirty kaponyas who stay in hovels.

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  7. You cannot keep Zambia clean when the government is dirty rubbish. The entire pf government starting with ka lungu are dirty thieving banstards. By the way some one has created profile here with name of nez is a fool. Banoko

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  8. You cannot keep Zambia clean when the government is dirty rubbisnh. The entire pf government starting with ka lungu are dirty thieving banstards. By the way some one has created profile here with name of nez is a foonl. Banoko

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  9. New uneducated Zambian (NUZ) as usual with senseless comments. I like the way you de-campaign the UPN.Dead.

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    • Who cares?

      Let him turn a million times!

      He was the cause of most of problems we are going through.

      Instead of stopping the already existing social scourges like vending, filthiness, theft, corruption and tribalism he escalated them threefold.

      He brought Chitulika village mentality of disorderly trading just to keep votes.

      He graduated from SMK school of tribal politics just to keep tribal votes

      He was a misfortune to Zambia!

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    • Good riddance. Zambia belongs to all Zambians and most Zambians want to live in clean surroundings.

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  10. LONG OVERDUE. ZAMBIA IS ONE OF THE FILTHEST COUNTRIES ON EARTH AND CITY FATHERS JUST LOOK. THIS MUST BE EXTENDED TO ALL CITIES, TOWNS AND VILLAGES. YOU CAN’T HAVE SUCH FILTHY AND STILL CRY FOR TOURISTS. WELL DONE KITWE CITY COUNCIL AND KEEP IT UP. HOWEVER, BUILD MORE MARKETS NEFIMBUSU IFISUMA AND MARKETEERS WILL BE CONFINED TO DESIGNATED MARKETS. IN ADDITION PUT IN PLACE AN EFFECTIVE GARBAGE COLLECTION SYSTEM FROM MARKET PLACES. DON’T BUILD MARKETS IN CITY CENTRES ONLY BUT ALSO WHERE PEOPLE LIVE.

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  11. This is the news that we need to be hearing and not harassment of political opponents. Leaders take decisions for the well being of the people and not decisions for getting votes at the expense of people’s health. People have left markets to trade on streets not because of lack of places in the markets but because they just want to trade on the streets. You will seek how delightful Zambia will be when all towns and cities ban the stupid legalisation of street vending by the dead Sata who introduced it with his tribal friend the late Fredrick Chiluba (AKA: kafupi). So for now, I say viva Livingstone, viva Chipata, viva Chingola, viva Kitwe. I will say viva Lusaka once I see their promise to do so coming to pass.

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  12. I recently had an idea – what if bribed politicians are acting against street vendors because they’re seen as competition to the Wal-Marts and other foreign owned supermarket chains?

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  13. Well done Kang’ombe! Thank you for taking action to bring sanity where other leaders feared politics and coiled into passiveness. The trend of trading from ‘toiletless’ zones has to be stopped forthwith. I only hope some nutty politician (and they are all nutty, anyways) won’t reprieve the vendors and decree that they not be touched because they belong to the State House Vendors’ Desk. Time other civic leaders ‘spined up, too.’

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  14. It is my hope that all the vendors will permanently stick to selling form the designated markets, not a situation where they are moved out today and tomorrow they are back in the corridors with their stinking fitenge and T- shirts portraying an illegitimate President.

    We need a clean town centre and parking space, I have been to a few countries in the world but to find street vending where you are supposed to park your car and even at the entrances of such useful institutions as Banks, NAPSA etc would be a night mare. Kangombe do not cower even under pressure from your illegitimate superiors, what you are doing is for the benefit of all.

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  15. That’s the spirit Mayor Kang’ombe! The decisions you make today may be painful for a few people but in the end they benefit a lot of people. So keep up with the good work. Street vendors belong in the markets. If you really need something you will certainly follow it to the market. I remember a long time ago in Kabwe we used to go to the market located about 3km from our place. Corridors in the town center should be left to shop owners and customers to move about freely.

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  16. You voted for your government now you are paying back for work suits, chitenge material,cap and food. Fuel has been reduced to me who drive but for your public transports it’s remain same. Viva wrong choice

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  17. Zambia cannot be clean if council offices are not clean who’s in charge of our townships for example Kalulushi civics Centre using blue drams in the toilets and buckets to flush. do you mean a foreigner who come to ask something has to use a buckets what about out side civics Centre. which toilets councilors use is the town clerk and the mayor inspect the offices can the council fail to have a Bohol and water tanks how much is the council collect from the mines. do you have time to inspect roads constructed recently and men pot hole before it become worse are you waiting to be told by the people in Lusaka do we need whites to come do all this rubbish. where’s director of engineering are you proud of your title and work do you have the heart for your country. Kalulushi is well design…

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  18. EXCELLENT DECISION KITWE CITY COUNCIL. BY THE WAY, I WAS THINKING, WOULDN’T BE FAIR ENOUGH IF LUSAKA CITY COUNCIL LOST THE STATUS OF BEING THE CAPITAL CITY? IT IS TOO DIRTY AND NOT BEFITTING TO BE THE CAPITAL CITY.

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  19. next please mufulira mayor do something about the vendors in our town. it a small town and needs to be one of the cleanest town in the country.

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  20. What is required to put in place are strict Council laws that forbid street vending in the heart of the city. Whoever disobeys this, MUST be arrested and charged within 24 hrs.
    We cannot have a situation where people are doing their own things, even monkeys seems to be organized, at least they jump around and eat in designated areas.

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  21. Start with Chisokone market… An ultra modern market can be built there though. jUst wrong priorities in these empty heads we have around

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  22. This is what the city fathers should be doing in Kabwe as well. The town has become a dump from the glory days of the seventies and eighties when it was the second cleanest town in Zambia after Chingola. The vendors have virtually taken over the town. If an epidemic were to start in Kabwe, they would never contain it!

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  23. Good move mr kang’ombe you are the man. Lusaka should be next and followed by muf and cnc. Kitwe town in its current state is an hazard.

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