The United Street Vendors Foundation has warned that the association will not defend members selling food on the street if arrested by the council.
Cholera has ravaged Lusaka with over 100 cases confirmed positive.
This has prompted the Lusaka City Council to ban the sale of food stuffs on the streets.
Vendors Lusaka Province general secretary Kendrick Siame said it will take a lot of effort by both cooperating partners and the council for vendors to stop selling food because that was their a source of income.
“That’s why we have partnered with the council to work together and educate people. This is an epidemic that needs to be fought by all,” he said.
Mr Siame said people should understand that this was just a temporary measure which needed to be addressed and that traders would benefit from it.
He also said Zambians had a problem of waiting for people who could take the nation forward but this was about lives and not political affiliations.
“It’s not just affecting the people in compound areas but affecting all Zambians. Who would want to come in a country where there’s cholera?” he said.