CHIPATA City Council management has apologised to street vendors whose goods were allegedly destroyed by some officers on Saturday. According to the affected traders, the council officers drove over their vegetables. But many people, including councillors, condemned the action. On Monday, Eastern Province PF chairperson Andrew Lubusha donated K10,000 to the affected vendors as start-up capital. Lubusha, who made the donation through his wife Ezzy, advised the vendors to stop vending as it was against the law.
But in a statement, the council’s public relations unit confessed that some goods got damaged during the process of controlling street vending at Jere Market in Kapata township.
“Chipata City Council carried out a street vending operation in the Central Business District and Kapata area on Saturday on 2nd March 2019 between 10:00 hours and 12:00 hours. Following the operation conducted, some goods got damaged in the process at a place known as Jere area before the goods could be disposed of at the dumpsite. This incident has caused public outcry from residents both in the city and other parts of the country. The council wishes to apologise unreservedly to all the affected parties for the unfortunate incident that happened and would therefore like to assure all our residents that street vending operations will be done in a more professional and humane way,” the statement read in part.
The council also advised the vendors to go to its office so that they could be given trading stands in markets.