Vendors vow not to move out from Chipata streets

Some vendors trading along the Umodzi Highway in Chipata have vowed not to stop from trading on the streets.

This is despite government allocating land for the relocation of street vendors to bring sanity in the Central Business District.

Speaking to Breeze News this morning, the vendors alleged that Republican President Edgar Chagwa Lungu promised them that they will not be stopped from trading on the streets.

But some vendors indicated that they are willing to relocate if government can build them a decent market structure as old markets have no trading spaces.

They noted that the new market structures should have the necessary necessities like electricity, concrete floor and toilets to make the environmental favourable for doing business.

Government has allocated land for the relocation of street vendors to bring sanity in the Central Business District CBD of Chipata district.

Speaking over the weekend, Provincial Minister Makebi Zulu, who inspected the land behind PWD said the area has 360 spaces for market stands and that another 240 market spaces will be given to other vendors.

He appealed to the street vendors who currently have stands in markets to stop operating from the streets and continue doing business in the established markets.

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