LOCAL Government minister Vincent Mwale has warned the general public against going back to trade on the streets of Lusaka saying the act remains prohibited.
In a tweet, Mwale says if the vendors were allowed back on the streets, the act of defacating in drainages and opaque packs might come back to Lusaka’s Central Business District.
Patriotic Front (PF) secretary general Davies Mwila on Thursday complained that beating street vendors had decampaigned his party and called upon authorities to address the issue.
He argued that those selling cooking sticks could possibly not cause cholera, a major reason for removing the vendors from the streets.
But Mwale maintained that street vending remained an illegality.
“Street vending as well as buying from the street vendors remains illegal, please take note. We still do not have sanitary facilities in the streets of our CBD. We cannot go back to the days of traders using chibuku packs and drainages as toilets,” Mwale tweeted on Friday evening.
Street vending in CBDs was outlawed by the PF government last year after an outbreak of cholera that claimed at least 110 lives and over 5,000 people were hospitalised.
A combined team of the army, police officers, ZAF officers and ZNS officers were engaged to help remove vendors and clear drains.