FORMER Livingstone district commissioner Paul Sensele has asked the government to quickly find alternative trading land for several street vendors instead of resorting to arresting them.
In an interview, Sensele said the government was to blame for the poor open trading arrangements in Livingstone as it had failed to complete the town centre market whose construction commenced in 2013.
“We have a lot of street vendors detained at the Livingstone Central Police Station after being caught vending in various areas. The PF under Mr [Michael] Sata was a true pro-poor party and we made sure that we engaged them on one-on-one basis before moving them from the street,”
He added that a lot of projects which were commenced in 2013 had stalled or were completely abandoned.
“We have the Maramba Stadium completely abandoned, some roads are virtually not worth writing home about in Livingstone which is a tourist capital and in mind I have the road going to Maramba Township from the Central Police Station; it is an eyesore and I feel embarrassed driving on that road,” he said.
“Apart from these projects in Livingstone, the Mazabuka-Kafue road is in a pathetic state and worse the Sesheke-Kazungula road. I start to
suspect that President Edgar Lungu wants nothing to do with Southern and Western provinces because they gave him an exit vote,” said Sensele.