Ndola City Council Public Relations Manager Tilyenji Mwanza
Ndola City Council Public Relations Manager Tilyenji Mwanza

The Ndola City Council has appealed to street vendors to adhere to its directives not to trade from the central business district in order to keep the city clean and prevent outbreaks diseases such as cholera.

Council Public Relations Manager Tilyenji Mwanza said the local authority was aware that some street vendors have developed a habit of going back to the streets between 16:00 and 17:00 hours.

Ms. Mwanza said the council, in conjunction with Zambia National Service and the Zambia police, have started apprehending street vendors who sell their merchandise on the streets around that time.

She added that the mandate of the council was to ensure that all street vendors who were removed from the streets are given trading spaces at designated markets.

She has since advised traders to trade from designated areas in order to prevent the outbreak of water borne diseases such as cholera.

Ms. Mwanza said this would make it easy for the local authority to collect garbage and clean the market surroundings.

Meanwhile, Ms. Mwanza has advised Ndola residents to report council officers are allegedly involved in giving out vending spaces in town to the local authority or nearest police station.

And Christopher Chileshe, a trader at Gabon Masala market, has called on the local authority to put up stringent measures that would deter vendors from slowly going back to the streets.

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  1. I see an opportunity in these vendors returning to the streets for a specific time (16.00-17.00) or even two hours, trade the levied by the council and asked to clean for another under the supervision of the council. This could even be done 2 or 3 times/ days in a week. Such a process can work. Penalties for those that do not clean such as being banned from trading. Vendors can register beforehand to trade. This can be controlled by registering a fixed number each trading time. Beauty but no brains Tilyenji fuseki.

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  2. Just look at the difference in leadership at Ndola City Council and Lusaka Sleeping Mayor Wilson in the next article!!

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  3. BA COUNCIL, YOU DON’T NEED TO TELL THEM NOT TO RETURN TO THE BUSINESS DISTRICT. ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS DESIGN AND CONSTRUCT STATE-OF-THE-ART MARKET SHELTERS IN EACH AND EVERY TOWN (POPULARLY KNOWNS AS TOWNSHIPS IN ZAMBIA) SUCH AS CHAWAMA, MUTENDERE, CHELSTONE, ETC. AND IN CLOSE PROXIMITY, ALSO DESIGN CAR PARKS FOR SHOPPERS AND OTHER BUSINESSES. THE MARKETS SHOULD HAVE FEE-PAYING ABRUSIONS (TOILETS AND SHOWERS). BY SO DOING- YOU WILL BE DECONGESTING THE BUSINESS DISTRICTS AND GETTING RID OFF CHOLERA AND ON A LARGE SCALE COLLECTING LAVY FOR THE COUNCILS. BE BUSINESS-MINDED TO MAKE MONEY FOR YOUR COUNCILS.

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    • Do you even know what the word “State of the Art” constitutes in a construction project brief – you are as dull as those Lungu Ministers who utter words like we have built purpose built Ambulances for $280K.

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  4. ADDITIONALLY, BUT EQUALLY IMPORTANT DESIGN ANDCONSTRUCT STATE-OF-THE-ART INTER-CITY BUS TERMINALS BETWEEN LUSAKA AND KAFUE, BETWEEN LUSAKA AND KABWE (BEYOND ZANI MUONE, SOMEWHERE BEYOND CHONGWE ON THE GREAT EAST ROAD, AND BETWEEN LUSAKA AND MUMBWA. THESE STATIONS SHOULD ALSO BE COUPLED WITH VERY GOOD MARKETS AND PARKING LOTS. THIS WILL NOT ONLY DECONGEST THE SO CALLED BUSINESS DISTRICT BUT ALSO CREATE THOUSANDS IF NOT MILLIONS OF BUSINESS AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES. TO CAP IT ALL- ONLY COMMUTER BUSES AND DELIVERY VANS BY LAW SHOULD PASS THROUGH THE BUSINESS DISTRICT AND THOSE THAT MAY BE ALLOWED MUST BE LEVIED HEAVILY FOR PARKING THERE.

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  5. You got a point there, but can you quickly resolve their predicament to sell somewhere else instead of asking the street vendors to bear with you.

    You are in your air cone office… and being paid on time without asking anyone to bear with you.

    We all do not want street vendors to go back but give them an alternative.

    Elo walisuba sana iwé… your face is lighter than your hands. I hate such chicks! Pathetic little sw1ne!

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    • This is why they put her photo as our country is full of docile simple minds who only know how to drink and chase ladies…just look on social media how many comment when there is a topic about sex!!

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  6. @Peter. Instead of calling the army to help chase and remove street vendor,they should also be calling them to partner with the councils to construct those state of the art markets to accomodate vendors.If they can be called upon to help construct brokendown bridges how about constructing markets?When there are enough good markets in all major towns, street vendors will not think of going back to trade in the streets.

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  7. The problem is not the markets. These people simply do not want to sell at the markets. Even if they built a market, they will not go there. They just love to be on the street in town. Please just keep them out of town.
    They don’t clean where they trade from. Let there be a law that forbids trading on the streets. We are tired of seeing dirt. Much as we know they have to make a living, we also want clean cities. Just keep them away please twapapata.

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  8. This is the problem with our Zambian institutions like councils. Vendors have no legal license to trade on the streets. If they have no legal license, it means they are breaking the law by trading on the streets. You don’t appeal to law breakers; you arrest them them and throw them into the cooler!

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  9. What happened is that each one of us was a vendor even those in offices but look at the deaths and the filth. Madam Mwanza NO return to the streets. Thank you the security services Minus the Police. Breath of fresh when walking in town. Keep it that way no appealing.

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  10. We are in the last week of the first month of 2018, if she wanted to make a point she would stay relevant in 2018 instead of portraying a calendar in 2017. Foolishness, as soon as I saw the calendar of 2017, I stopped reading her rant!

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  11. No to street vending ,Lusaka is now looking like a town unlike when it was turned into a market place and should vendors return into town the government would be viewed as total jokers.

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  12. So, we are saying without the outbreak of the cholera epidemic, it was always going to be business as usual? In bemba they say “umwana ekalisha ilyo anya”. We surely could not have lost those many lives to cholera if people in leadership really cared for the country and its people. We are showing care and leadership too late, those lives are gone. And the bigger problem is still to be resolved: how to place vendors countrywide to proper designated trading areas with all social amenities in place. Me thinks this is one herculean task to be undertaken by people in leadership waking up from slumber at great cost to the lives and coffers of this great country. My thoughts exactly.

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