Lusaka Province Minister, Mr. Japhen Mwakalombe giving a presentation at the symposium in Pretoria
Lusaka Province Minister, Mr. Japhen Mwakalombe giving a presentation at the symposium in Pretoria

LUSAKA Province Minister Japhen Mwakalombe says Government will soon partner with the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA), Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA) and the National Pensions Scheme Authority (NAPSA) to formally legalise street vending to increase informal employment.

Mr Mwakalombe said plans are being put in place to legally authorise street trading.

He said in an interview that the government would engage relevant authorities to ensure employment is increased for the informal sector through street vending.

“Through Government, we will ensure that street vendors are provided with necessary documents which will enable them to expand their business,” Mr Mwakalombe said.

He said traders would contribute to the country’s economic development through the contribution of taxes to ZRA.

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    • NONSENSE
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      What are markets for??
      What you are loudly telling us is that markets have no capacity to accommodate traders and the only way to go is littering all streets with traders. This is an absolute absurd statement that was not given a second thought. Tired brain, let me spell it out to you. More and more Zambian are just realizing that since there are no formal jobs out there, the only option to earn a living is through trade. You are going to expect more and more Zambian’s depending on the street to survive. The public order act should extend its vicious Ops to cleaning the streets. Its a nuisance. If you have no plans, kindly resign and let people with proper policies in place build more markets. We need order in the streets and you better have a vision for sanity.

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    • When I tell you everyday that this govt is full to rafters with empty tins this is another clear example. You have municipal councils but central govt keeps meddling…this policy of having grade 12 certificates has paid off at ward level for us….its only the handpicked lazy Lungu ministers who are taking us backwards…like I always say the difference between a city like New York and Lusaka is leadership and good governance.
      I am sure this tin has the blessings of Lazy Lungu and Chama.

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    • And soon we will hear on the news that these people that are already trading illegally and in a totally uncontrolled way, blocking the drains and thereby causing MALARIA and CHOLERA have been “empowered” and provided “employment” by PF!

      Next Lungu and his Grandma Wina will be saying this is the 500,000 jobs that they PROMISED and have now delivered !!!! sontapo!

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  1. Retrogressive thinking. What will the streets of Lusaka look like? Come up with better ways of encouraging entrepreneurship not this rubbish. We already have a struggling city council and a haphazard way of setting up businesses on the streets, and you want to encourage the mess further by legalising it? I know for sure that the Late MCS would not have encouraged this. Once when he at local gov’t, he cleaned up the whole CBD and not one person even dared to throw a paper or spit.

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    • Maybe is just a joke; but I am just realizing it’s not April 1, the time I tolerate such jokes.

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    • Zambians are docile people…anywhere else the taxpayers would tell him to sit down…I hope the Mayor gets inspired by the cleaness of the New Mexico City where is enjoying a free holiday and pumps some sense in this empty tin!!

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    • Am not against vending, but please find them a place to conduct their businesses rather than leaving them crawling like cockroaches in the streets and corridors of our cities, this is not health. don’t tell me you are getting Kambwili’s old idea of pro-poor trend. you guys you’ve travel led more than me, you’ve also seen and appreciated sanity from other countries but you still don’t just get it, do you? this is a poverty mind set. you want to win popularity from people through insanity. change, I will not vote for people like you next time. Remember, change comes with crisis, not all majority will embrace change, get over corruption, you want to bribe Zambians into voting for you by promising to take vendors to the streets this is not right.

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  2. Livingston, Chingola, Mansa, kitwe are all cleaning up their streets. Taking vendors to markets. In Lusaka, no. The Lusaka province minister is losing his mables, while the Lusaka mayor is in America driving fire engines. I don’t have any kind words, I therefore end here.

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    • The corrupt fooools like Lazy Lungu and tins are the first ones to jump on a plane but never learn anything from their visits or get ashamed by the cleaness of their hosts streets in comparison to Cairo road.

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  3. this 1D01T is at it again with his vendors. What about sanity and cleanliness in the “capital” city or indeed the CBD? Dont you see that filth? the islands on freedom have tuntembas left right and center! there must be ORDER. outside the NRC offices there are ugly structures. COMESA Secretariat looks like a garbage dump and this is what visitors to Zambia see as they enter the CBD. Atase! USELESS minister

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    • Who does he think is going to collect cash from the streets for ZRA? PF cadres…utter fooools…no wonder bus stations and markets are a mess.

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  4. While this is being done and stated, the opposition and independent MPs are just Ndwi. They won’t even oppose this disastrous law. Yaba.

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    • No, they will issue their so called statements after reading the comments on this LT forum.
      That is the problem, they have no position of their own until inspired by comments on LT. Did you notice all these official statements from oppositions or independents comes 2 -5 days later? They first read the opinions here and later present them as their own views.
      We need a vibrant opposition that reacts quickly.

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    • @General Kanene
      I was thinking the same. That’s what they do. Issue nonsensical statements then come back to social media (esp L.T) and then retract after reading opinions from citizens. Kaya kwamene tiyenda!

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  5. Does these people what they are doing. You remove people from the streets and then you want to legalise the issue, how, why?
    Decision making is something that you you do regardless of your popularity. Instead of doing that , bring in more industries and other employment avenues.
    Ba minister, is there no any other thing you can think of than keeping yourself busy with that thought.

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  6. This ingrate and pillock is at it again? Legalizing street vending? Is this the caliber of ministers that Lusaka the capital of this country needs? Lungu, if you were still in doubt as who to fire now, there you have it. We will partner with ZRA and NAPSA blar bla bla. What a load of nonsense, I bet even his children must be ashamed of his level of incompetence. One wonders the educational level of some of these ministers or maybe he was one of the kaponyas in the streets of Lusaka and now wants to please his friends. This nincompoop is a detriment to our development and has nothing to offer and must be done away with forthwith.

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  7. PF please answer us, since in the PF government everything is done in the name of President Edgar Chagwa Lungu, and since the President has not fired him, is this nincompoop of a minister, this donkey, is it speaking on authority of the President? If so, ba PF forget our support for you. We shall create another party to replace this mafi. We are disgusted, and thoroughly so! Can’t you see the mess and destruction of our cities? You will borrow another Euro bond to repair what you have damaged intentionally?

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  8. JUST ACCEPT THAT YOUR PF GOVT HAS FAILED TO KEEP UP WITH THE PROMISE OF CREATING JOBS. ZAMBIANS NEED PROPER JOBS WITH WHICH THEY CAN EARN REASONABLE EARNINGS, FEED AND SEND THEIR KIDS TO SCHOOL. STREET VENDING CAN NEVER BE A FORM OF EMPLOYMENT. IT IS SIMPLY A SURVIVAL INITIATIVE USED BY CITIZENS TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES WHEN THE GOVT HAS FAILED THEM. ITS NOW FIVE YEARS OF CONTINUOUS STREET VENDING IN LUSAKA, HOW MANY OF THEM HAVE THEIR LIVES TRANSFORMED? PEOPLE ARE JUST SUFFERING ON THE STREET AS THEY DO NOT HAVE TOILETS, NO SHELTER, NO SECURITY, RIGHT NOW THEY HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY THE RAIN, COME WINTER IT WILL BE BY THE COLD, SUMMER DUST AND WIND. AND YOU BWANA MINISTER DRESSED IN A SUIT AND SPEAKING FROM THE HOTEL ROOM, YOU CAN THAT A FORM OF EMPLOYMENT. SHAME ON YOU AND YOUR GOVT…

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  9. This fool is not a Zambian. He is a Mwachusa from Tanzania and has no patriotism towards this country. I can tell from his name that he is a mwachusa. I hope I am not wrong. This is what happens when you allow foreigners into your country to go unregulated. They infiltrate the corridors of power and decide to make laws that favour people of their kind. I know that there’s a lot of Tanzanians and Congolese trading in the streets. That’s why Donald Trump won the last elections because a lot of Americans are tired of economic refuges going into America and doing stupid things including things like establishing criminal empires and driving America backwards. The next serious presidential candidate in this country should also consider introducing laws that will ban immigrants from certain…

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  10. Embarrassing and Disappointing rants
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    Better regret your statement. Say it was a slip of the tongue. The statement here just shows the caliber of leadership this Minister has. The forum was wrong. Cheap policy statement. Extremely annoying statement, I just hope it is a unilateral statement or just a feeling, or Stup1d suggestion and absolutely not a policy statement.
    Real marketeers in markets are suffering because customers, lazy by nature, would rather buy from the streets. Now all marketeers will leave the Markets and leave those structures for you Mwakalombe. Eventually we will see Shop-owers choose the street for their trade because everything nowadays is being sold on the street. This is shallow. LT did you get tha story right ai?

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  11. Don’t worry, he was a street vendor before he became a minister. Please mr minister, if you want to increase informal employment, build markets. what a 1dull minister are you mwakalombe!!!

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  12. Dear Lusaka Province Minister,
    Your announcement to legalise street vending shows that your Government is a failure. Are you aware that Zambia is one of the dirty countries in the world? ohoh oh oh this country is very very dirty and with with high levels of littering already experienced and non functional councils your legalisation of street vending Zambia will look urgly. STUPID MINISTER AND GOVERNMENT

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  13. The future for our people is in agriculture, manufacturing, and value adding from all locally produced products. Establishing markets on the street for goods that are basic and with a short shelf life like vegetables is not smart. Or lining the streets of Lusaka with imported Chinese products is not smart. We must produce goods ourselves in our factories in order to make the Zambian economy sustainable.

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  14. Mwakalombe is directly reversing City & Town Majors of kitwe, Livingstone, Chingola, Mansa who have already succeeded at cleaning up their streets & cities. A Minister is higher than a Mayor & the legalisation he is talking about is actually reversing everything that these mentioned mayors have achieved.What is wrong with building modern compact markets like Shopping Malls & industries for these vendors in all compounds & townships of Lusaka? Take these vendors to school so that they can be able to construct websites for their businesses for clients reach them.

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  15. This 1diot stup1di minister is speaking what visionless Lungu who is is campaigning for a third term has told him. Lungu as a failure is hehind this stup1t1 statement. Why has Lungu not called to talk to him like he did with Mwila? The opposition is also quiet over it for fear of losing elections. We need an anti street vending campaigns. We need provinces to be autonomous to escape this PF f00lishness

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  16. I have never never in my life heard of such Non.sense, foo.lishness, visionless. What kind of foo.ls are these PF cadres pretending to be leaders??

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  17. THIS KIND OF THINKING WONT TAKE THIS COUNTRY ANYWHERE. PF STILL HAS CHANCE TO AMEND SUCH NONSENSE BY REMOVING SUCH CHARACTERS WITHIN THEIR RANKS. GIVE MWAKALOMBE A CHOICE, VENDORS STAY & HE GOES HIMSELF COZ HE IS NOT FIT TO BE MINISTER OR HE STAYS, VENDORS GO. THE TWO ARE NOW A COMMON EVIL

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  18. Bushe aba batata batuntulu kwena? Is this the caliber of leaders we have in this country. This is total confusion. Others are trying to clean our cities and someone is encouraging what others are trying to correct. This kind of talk and thinking cant even come from a Grade 7 and its so surprising that it is coming from someone regarded as educated. Dont we have people who can think well and plan well?

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  19. Let that be done in Lusaka only. Dont bring that stupidity to cities that have already succeeded cleaning the streets. Atase ati ba Minister. Minister of this kind of thinking? He is even saying GOVERNMENT WILL SOON PARTNER…. Is this even something to say GOVERNMENT WHAT WHAT?
    Bwana this is not creating employment. Try something else PLEASE TWAPAPATA

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  20. It’s a sign that PF Regime has resigned in finding a solution to high unemployment!!!

    Selling of filthy stinky Salaula, cheap/weak Chinese toys, dirty South Africa fruits etc. is NOT a real Job.

    The question these KOMBONITES should be asking LUNGU is “where are the 500,000 Jobs you promised us when we were dancing DUNUNA REVERSE?”

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  21. This is diffence between Mwakalombe and Silvia Masebo. Masebo cleared vendors while serving as Local govt minister,Mwakalombe wants to legalise??does mwakalombe even know that since there are no enough toilets in town and few which are there are fee paying, some street vendors resort to pee in empty shake shake packs and discard the packs right on the streets.

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    • Imagine Masebo cleared them when she was Tourism Minister in Livingstone for the World tourism conference…

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  22. Mwakalombe is right . For me he is tops. Turning problems into solutions. You only react to what you can see with your eyes and from the comfort of your plush suburbs. Use other senses or may think about the problem from street trader point of view. National treasury point of view. Political and social economics point of view. I spent some time selling apples on the streets of Lusaka before. sometimes I even deliberately stop my car and buy those roasted groundnuts by the road side with a hefty tip . I see beyond the cheap picture of woman selling by the street. Here is a woman taking responsibility of a family that lives on less that a dollar a day, the bulk of the Zambian families. We have a long way to go. Do not expect Lusaka to be like London overnight. In there they take care…

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  23. Bwana Minister if you want all marketers to leave the markets you can go ahead with your plan and it will be difficult to control vending in future, don’t create problems for the future leaders. 90 percent are against your plan.

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  24. Mwakolombe is s big joke of a Minister. Legalize what, what a fool the day you will do that all markets will become empty because everyone will move to the street. You will render markets useless and streets will become markets. Mr President where did you get this retard.

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