Lusaka City Council Mayor Wilson Kalumba has urged squatting City Market Street Vendors to be patient with the allocation of trading space.
The Mayor said that the street vendors who were removed from the streets should wait on government to allocate them trading space as it is a challenging time for the nation.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS, Mr. Kalumba said that four thousand trading spaces will be allocated to the street vendors who have no trading space.
He said government has put in place measures to ensure that the street vendors who have no trading space at city market get trading space at BH Soweto by the end of this month.
Mr. Kalumba said government is working on finishing the new Simon Mwewa Market which is likely to be completed in the range of four months and will accommodate a good number of street vendors.
Recently, street vendors have been worried about where they are going to be trading from since the cleaning campaign started in the country.
Meanwhile, the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) says plans to put up a temporal structure for fruits and vegetables on a wholesale have advanced.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today ZNFU Committee Chairperson for Fruits and Vegetables Maria Zaloumis said farmers will start trading at the temporal site in the next two weeks, until the cholera epidemic is contained.
Ms. Zaloumis said a temporal shelter near Tokyo way and Shoprite wholesale area has been identified as a suitable place for trading.
She said the Committee is working closely with the Lusaka City Council and the Ministry of Local Government and Housing to see to it that the place is fit for trading.
Ms. Zaloumis said paving of the area has already started so as to ensure that the farmers are not inconvenienced once they start operating.
She said issues of hygiene have also been looked into, adding that toilets have been secured, and running water will also be put in place.
Ms. Zaloumis said the market will only be opened once all the necessary sanitary requirements are looked into.
She said there has been huge quantities of fresh produce going to waste due to lack of alternative markets where they could offload their commodities.
Ms. Zaloumis who called on farmers to exercise patience also thanked government for responding swiftly to the concerns raised by the agro farmers.
Last week the ZNFU told government that there has been huge quantities of fresh produce going to waste due to lack of alternative markets where they could offload their commodities in the wake Cholera.