Street Vendors in Kabwe have expressed sadness with the seven day ultimatum from the council directing them to move out of the streets to various designated markets.
Kabwe Street Vendors Association President Teddy Sinkala, says the seven day notice is not enough for street vendors to move out of the streets and find designated places for their business.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Kabwe, Mr Sinkala said his members are willing to move out of the streets but the seven day grace period is not enough.
The Kabwe Municipal Council (KMC), on Monday issued a seven day ultimatum to street vendors who have resorted to using various service provider booths to vacate the streets or face the wrath of the law.
However, Mr Sinkala observed that most street vendors face financial challenges and a short notice for them to vacate the booths will not only push them out of business but injure their businesses.
He said instead of asking the street vendors to vacate the streets, the local authority should consider giving them more time to re-organise themselves.
Mr Sinkala has since appealed to KMC to give the street vendors ample time while it finishes constructing the Kasanda market to create space for the traders.
He also advised the street vendors to be patient and cooperate with the authority and use the approved procedures in trying to convince the council management to consider legalizing their businesses.