high on Independence DaysSTREET vendors from Lusaka’s Cairo and Lumumba roads are being relocated to Simon Mwewa Lane off Lumumba Road under phase one as a way of cleaning up the city in preparation for Zambia’s Golden Jubilee celebrations on October 24, says the Lusaka City Council.
Council acting town clerk, Gilbert Sendama said the exercise was being done in the best interest of Zambians and warned those trying to frustrate council’s effort of stern action.
In the early hours of Wednesday, the council demolished structures on Simon Mwewa Lane off Lumumba Road to accommodate street vendors.
But the already established businessmen have complained about the council move and have vowed to take on the council.
Mr Sendama said yesterday that the council was disappointed with some sections of society that were trying to frustrate council’s efforts in the relocation of street vendors.
“The council is disappointed with those members of society who are frustrating the council’s effort in trying to relocate street vendors.
The Council will not hesitate to take affirmative action against those going contrary to the law.
“The Council will not allow anyone to trade on the street after the relocation exercise. We do not expect vendors to move back on the street after the relocation exercise,” he said.
Mr. Sendama said the relocation exercise has reached an advanced stage and that the civic authority was working hand in hand with the vendors.
The council has since brought on board the vendors Foundation zone leaders and had been training them from the University of Zambia (UNZA) to help sensitise their members on health and other related issues including what items they can sell at designated areas.
The UNZA has since trained a total of 50 vendors that have been identified as part of this change process.
Mr. Sendama encouraged members of the public to change their mindset and have a sense of civic responsibility as the country rebrands in Zambia’s Golden Jubilee year and beyond.
The Lusaka City Council on Tuesday night conducted a demolition exercise on the council land along Simon Mwewa Lane off Los Angeles Road to pave way for the resurfacing of the area.
The piece of land is estimated to accommodate 5,000 vendors while the council has made provision for basic services such as sanitation and solid waste management.