North West PS directs Solwezi Council to accommodate Street Vendors in the Market

Solwezi traders

Solwezi traders

By Correspondent

North Western Province Permanent Secretary Augustine Seyuba has directed the Solwezi Municipal Council to create trading Spaces for Vendors who where removed from the streets on Thursday.

Mr Seyuba said the Council has a lot of stands in the markets and all those who where displaced must be taken there.

“I have gone round the market and there are a lot of stands there, I want the council to take all the vendors who where removed from the streets by the police to the Markets” Mr Seyuba said

He further called on vendors to be patient as government was doing the best to find them trading places inside the markets.

And the provincial Permanent Secretary has asked vendors to form active committees which will be used in addressing their interests.

But some street vendors have vowed not to go and trade in the markets, saying they would be asked to start paying to the council despite their little capital.

“Me I will not go and trade in the market, I have no money to pay in those stands my capital is too minimum” one Vendor said.

Meanwhile Solwezi Town Clerk Ronald Daka in a statement said the council will be giving plots soon and will not allow anyone to sublet their stands in the market.

“The council will go round the market and check on the empty stands, but all those that have not developed will have their stands repossessed and given to serious traders” Mr Daka said.

The Zambia Police Service in Solwezi on Thursday cleared all street vendors from the streets.