THE rise in the number of street vendors in Lusaka has caused a lot of concern among some residents who have called on the Lusaka City Council (LCC) to control the scourge before it gets out of control.

They said it was time the council introduced some kind of measures to bring sanity in the streets.

They complained that street vending, posed serious health considerations especially that it was the rainy season.

Ms Elina Moonde, one of the concerned residents, said that the council should ensure that the people selling in the streets did so in an orderly manner unlike now when motorists and pedestrians found it difficult to move or drive around due to congestion.

“There is nothing wrong with people selling in the streets but that there should be some order in the way they do so,” he said. She said order and sanity were important to street vending especially in a big town like Lusaka.

“You can’t have people just putting makeshift stand all-over the place. It is very inconveniencing not only to the motorists but the pedestrians as well’’, said Ms Moonde.

Mr White Kafwayo, another concerned citizen, said that the street vendors should realise that the places they conducting their businesses were not safe.

Mr Kafwayo said that there was need for the traders to create stands in appropriate places so that they could avoid the unnecessary traffic that was caused in town as a result of having too many people selling everywhere.

He said that trading in the streets should be banned because it was illegal.

“We understand that they are doing business but at the same time these people should understand the position of us as members of the public because we are affected as well and they should not just think of themselves because overcrowding affects all of us’’, he said. But some of the traders talked to said that it was not their fault that they were conducting business in the streets. They said that there were no shops and enough space inside the markets and that was what has forced them to be on the streets. -Millennium Radio 90.5FM

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