Kitwe street vendors get ultimatum
By ROGERS KALERO
THE Kitwe City Council has given the street vendors up to Friday this week to move from city corridors, Town Clerk Mbulo Seke has said According to the Town Clerk, there was no council resolution which allows vendors to trade from the city corridors or on streets.
Early esterday, the coun- cil evicted vendors from Matuka Avenue, but the
UPND members led by Kit- we District Vice Chairman only identified as Chata-
ba appealed to the local authority to give vendors up to Friday to move from the street.
Mr Seke said the vendors had temporarily been allowed to trade from the streets after an appeal from the UPND.
He said the council carried an operation in the morning and advised
vendors not to trade in the city corridors.
“There is no council resolution which allows the vendors to trade from the city corridors. The council has only been exercising administrative tolerance by allowing vendors to trade on Chisokone One way after 16.00 hours.
“Trading on Matuka Av- enue is outside the council administrative tolerance and so this is why the coun-
cil moved in to remove the vendors from the city corri- dors,” Mr Seke explained.
Mr Seke said most vendors trading from the streets have stalls in Chi- sokone market which they have put on rent.
“So those who have been trading at Chisokone mar- ket have been complaining to the council that it was entertaining street vending ” he said.