Southern Province Minister Edify Hamukale has directed that the 140 marketeers that were displaced to pave way for construction of a modern market in the Livingstone Central Business District be allowed to trade from the frontage of Hindu Hall.
Dr Hamukale made the directive in the tourist capital today following a complaint made last Saturday, by marketeers at Simango Temporal Market, which is a private property in the town Centre area.
He however, urged the traders to be responsible by keeping the place clean, pay levies and abide by the other regulations which would be given to them by the Livingstone City Council.
“However, we’d like you to comply with the regulations of the council by keeping that place clean, by paying levies as and when the council demands that payment and ensure that you trade responsibly, especially that your town is a tourist town. The onus is on you to ensure you support our government by trading responsibly,” he said.
And Simango Temporal Market Treasurer Eunice Banda who represented the other marketeers appreciated the gesture made by the minister.
Ms Banda said marketeers had suffered a lot following their displacement but was confident the decision by Dr Hamukale would curb most challenges they were facing.
She thanked former Southern Province Minister Alice Simango for allowing them to trade on her property for free for an indefinite period.