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Lusaka Minister assures vendors that they will not be moved off the streets now

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File:Vendors sell second hand clothes in the Central Business District of Lusaka.
Government has identified the streets where all the vendors will be taken once all the logistics have been put in place.

Lusaka Province Minister Japhen Mwakalombe has however assured that vendors will only be removed from the streets if government finds a sustainable solution to the problem.

Mr. Mwakalombe was speaking when hundreds of Street vendors in Lusaka, on Tuesday, gathered at the main Post office where they pledged their commitment to the Keep Lusaka Clean campaign.

Speaking during the gathering, Mr. Mwakalombe however warned that their stay on the streets is dependent on them keeping their surroundings clean.

Meanwhile Lusaka Deputy Mayor Chilando Chitangala said the local authority has started auditing markets across the city.

36 COMMENTS

  1. I honestly enjoyed buying from them albeit fake things and items.

    I remember them asking me once how much I had instead of them telling me how much the item did cost.

    Leave them. Just tidy the damn road and seek to increase apprenticeships and ways of helping them.

    Thanks

    Bb2014,16

  2. – Create real jobs, NOT this CRAP called street-vending. In this day & age there are people still dealing in Filthy Salaula. Push these LAZY-BUMZ KOMBONITES into farming, NOT selling imported apples & Chinese Toys.

    – Revamp textile industry & tailoring, then discourage importation of second-hand. In Tanzania, 90% of the jeans are locally made.

    – Ban importation of election campaign Chitenges & t-shirts. It was so disturbing to see truck-loads of chitenge being imported from China by PF00Ls.

    • I don’t wish anyone harm but disaster is waiting along Lumumba Road where parts of the two lanes each way are not drivable because people are spilling onto the road. PF should either close this road entirely and make it a pedestrian street vending paradise or get these people off the road to avoid a disaster from a vehicle out of control.

  3. Politicians should be careful not to send wrong messages to street vendors. Uncontrolled street vending is a scourge which causes far more damage to the national economy than the perceived benefits that politicans and vendors see in it.

    • @Terrible: why have you changed your PF-can-do-no-wrong song? Are you awakening to the incompetence of your regime?

  4. Failed State, led by Failed Fools.
    Ati “Vendors have promised to keep Lusaka clean”
    How is that possible, when these Cadres don’t know what cleanliness is?? Just go to the Komboni’s where these P.F street Urchins live. Its filth upon more filth!!

  5. The fact is that the government has no solution to this horrible mess!!! Freedom way and Lumumba roads are the dirtiest roads in the world!!!!! Politicians fear vendors. They feel once vendors get cleared they too will be voted out of power. Its not that they can’t get them off the streets.

    • Zimbabwe did this a long time ago. It allows drivers to be able to dodge at speed the potholes on the roads without the risk of ploughing into street vendors. Allowing street vendors on the streets is a political game.

  6. USELESS MINISTER…NO BALLS NO COURAGE. THE SMALLER TOWNS DID IT…WHO CAN HONESTLY BE PROUD TO BE LUSAKA MINISTER WITH ALL THAT TRASH??? EVERY CORNER THERES SALAULA. NO ORDER. USELESS

  7. There had to be that one silly minister, just that one. Things are going great, from the Copperbelt to livingstone. The Mayor is the highest authority of a city. Not a ceremonial minister, built the people great markets and all shall be well.

    • ‘Things are going great ,from the copper belt to Livingstone,@Nzelu very true!! It was a nightmare navigating the shop corridors in Kitwe. Nomba now ma yendele!!

  8. In the Mwanawasa government this minister was going to be fired there and then but since ECL was MP for dirty Chawama his minister will continue to be Minister for the dirty capital city of Lusaka. Pf must know that cleaness is next to godliness and only a clean environment can bring real investors, only Chinese bogus investors can trade in a dirty environment.

  9. Dirty minister you’re even proud to say it loud. You let them expand like bush fire till you fail to control them and you just end up accepting dirty on the streets .

  10. Bwana Minister the earlier the better population is growing faster every one want to trade in the street by 2025 you will fail to remove them in the streets.

  11. OMG, I’ve lost hope if that mediocre place is the CBD of Lusaka.Folks there’s a reason why only the rich nations are the most organized and have strict rules about hawkers ,land use and zoning laws.

    The tougher the climb(read laws,zoning and city codes here) ,the higher the rewards but alas in Zed we want just easy climb ,big rewards.

  12. Mr. Mwakalombe, please clean the streets, it’s really dangerous and unhygienic. Crowded Town ?Centres, encourages spread of air bone bacteria mixed in with the air pollution from cars.

  13. Solution- have vending days sepcifically on certain days of the week and only on certain streets as they do in the UK- Suggested days Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday!
    Why Sunday- to create other economic activities, as a growing economy we need activity 24/7 so having the streets busy on Sunday will be a good thing as it will create other economic activities for transporters, mobile phone service providers, money transfer agents etc The same venders should then clean the street on Mondays and Fridays following a roster that shows the group assigned duty for a particular week.

  14. @Mushota, i hope it is not the real Mushota speaking this nonsense of keeping street vendors on the roads. the roads will never be clean as long as we have the vendors on them. this minister who stole competent Masebo’s victory through corruption is a disgrace. This useless minister should not get into the work of the useless Lusaka council. no wonder the Boer man said that a black man can not rule himself. we see chaos everywhere

  15. Lusaka Province Minister Japhen Mwakalombe you are a very dirty person. I can only imagine the filth in your home especially in your toilet. Why do people enjoy dirt? This has to do with environmental safety especially with rains and flooding. Ifiko fyachila with these i-diots they call ministers. Get rid of these street vendors ASAP!

  16. Move all street venders to that filthy Heros stadium! It will be a great match for them and you have enough toilets for them. Those that enjoy seeing street venders can do their shopping from there! Filthy village of Lusaka is not fit to be called a city!

  17. Charge them ONE kwacha per day, use the money to clean up the streets, drains, sidewalks, lights etc with proven receipts! They are paying K2 for the toilets. Start one street at a time, gain confidence with all and bring back the “Garden City” image. Educate them about cleanliness, living in a community, paying their fair share and prove that the funds are going to help everyone do more business. Do it fast! Common sense! Take action!

  18. What vendors need to know is that govt makes money from all forms of merchants via tax. Vendors don’t pay any tax therefore they shouldn’t use our roads for their business. Stop feeding on taxpayer’s sweat. go to the market and pay a stall fee.

  19. Heavy weight politics are in Lusaka and not Copperbelt. Therefore Lusaka province minister has grown cold feet, knowing the obvious reaction!

  20. There is a silver lining to street vending. These people have created their jobs to survive . We all know that UNEMPLOYNENT is high in Zambia. Govt sector and private formal sectors can only absorb a handful of Zambians. The question is how do we then harness this creativity and positivity of a people who stop at nothing to ensure that their families can survive . it is not as simple as finding them a large plot near say Mumbwa and ship them out. Who will buy from them in the bush? The answer is simple .integration, diversification, education, empathy and sympathy will win this war. Do we have the resources . Yes. But exactly in terms of KWACHAs. Think outside the box . A very common term but a few people are able to do it. They are game changers. Has it been done elsewhere? the Answer…

  21. THIS GUY IS A BIG LET DOWN. HE FIRST WON ELECTIONS UNDER MMD & WAS PERSUADED TO RESIGN BY PF, WHICH HE DID. HE WAS LATTER SENT INTO FOREIGN MISSION, DURING ELECTIONS, HE CAME BACK & STILL WENT BACK TO THE SAME JOB HE HAD RESIGNED FROM. TO ME THIS IS LACKING PRINCIPLES & MORALITY. I DO NOT THINK WE CAN EXPECT ANYTHING BETTER FROM THIS GUY. WHICH NORMAL PERSON CAN SUPPORT VENDING IN ITS CURRENT FORM IN LUSAKA? IS IT THE JOB OF THE MINISTER OR THE COUNCIL? THIS GUY IS ABUSING HIS AUTHORITY BY INTERFERING IN MATTERS HE SHOULDN’T. WE KNOW LAWLESSNESS IS PART OF YOUR DNA AS IT WERE BUT GIVE US A BREAK!

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