President Edgar Lungu has committed himself to securing K1.5 million required for the Kitwe City Council (KCC) to construct a trading shelter that can accommodate about 2,000 traders at Chisokone A market in Kitwe.
During the opening of a trading shelter at Chisokone market on Saturday, President Lungu regretted the death of a female street vendor who was allegedly battered by police officers from KCC and assured that Government would find resources to enable the council to construct decent trading places for vendors.
Kitwe mayor Christopher Kang’ombe confirmed in an interview yesterday that President Lungu assured him that he would instruct the Ministry of Finance to look for K1.5 million for the construction of a market shelter for vendors.
“The President asked me how much we need to complete the new street vendors’ shelter and I responded that based on the bill of quantities we submitted to the Ministry of Local Government, about K1.5 million will help the local authority cast three slabs and a shelter for street vendors to permanently trade in,” Mr Kangómbe said.
He said the trading shelter is meant to accommodate street vendors that were removed from the streets earlier in the year.
And Kitwe town clerk Bornwell Luanga said the council is happy with President Lungu’s assurance that he will source funds for the shelter.
Meanwhile, United Street Vendors Foundation (USVF) in Kitwe has commended President Lungu for directing local authorities to first find alternative space to relocate vendors before removing them from the streets.
USVF Kitwe district coordinator Paul Mambwe said in an interview yesterday that President Lungu has demonstrated that he is a father of the destitute by listening to the cries of the street vendors.
“President Lungu is a father to us, the street vendors. We are happy that he touched on this important issue of street vending when he came to Chisokone market on Saturday,” Mr Mambwe said.