LUSAKA Province Minister Japhen Mwakalombe says the removal of street vendors from the streets is unsustainable because it does not achieve the desired results.
Mr Mwakalombe said the removal of the vendors had in the recent past proved to be unsuccessful because it had not yielded the intended result.
He said in an interview in Lusaka on Tuesday the vendors would be allowed to continue trading on the streets until a lasting solution was found.
“Many street vendors were worried about being removed but through our studies we have discovered the removal of people from the streets is not sustainable in any way as it does not achieve the intended purpose,” Mr Mwakalombe said.
He said street vendors would not be removed from the CBD but would be required to keep their trading surroundings clean at all times.
Mr Mwakalombe said through the partnership between the Lusaka provincial administration and the street vendors, the traders had agreed to conduct daily clean-up exercises in their respective trading places.
“Through the launch of a relationship between the provincial administration and the street vendors this will ensure that cleanliness in the central business district is improved and maintained,” Mr Mwakalombe said.
He said each shop in the CBD was required to have proper disposal bins and that constant inspections through the provincial administration would be carried out to ensure owners were adhering to the regulation.
And Paul Mbewe, a vendor on Nkwazi Road, said he would ensure that he enforces the directive to clean trading slots.
Mr Mbewe said it is important for each vendor to own a broom which they should use to keep their surroundings clean.
“We are happy that we will not be removed from the streets. We will work together with Government to keep the streets of Lusaka clean. As earlier stated by Mr Mwakalombe, we will clean our surroundings in the morning and evening,” he said.