Lusaka City market closed as marketers protest

Lusaka’s City Market has been closed following protests by marketers this morning. The marketers who were found chanting outside the market have vowed not to go back to trade if management does not remove vendors from the corridors of the market.

The angry marketers told Zambian eye on Monday July 22, 2013 that they have taken the move to pressure management the council and government to bring sanity at the country’s largest market.
Michael Bwalya a trader at the market said the marketers have lost out on business due to the increasing number of vendors who are increasing by the day.

He said they want management and other relevant authority to remove the vendors around the market so that they could start enjoying trading in the market.

He noted that it was not profiting that marketers are paying rentals and other levies to the council when the vendors who could even be making more money were just trading without any contributions.

Bwalya adds that the management has also threatened to evict many of them from the shop after failing to pay rentals in the last few months as because of the decreasing volume of customers going to the market.

He observed that many consumers no longer go inside to buy as they opt to buy goods from the vendors just at the gates as they are also selling the same products.

And when contacted for a comment, Market representative, Webster Nyirenda said management has heard the cries of the marketers and has gone to the council for the meeting.

He said the decision to remove the vendors is outside their jurisdictions and is a mandate of the council and government.

Police have sealed off the place and no all the outside shops including Zananco bank have also closed but buses are operating normally.