Kabwe traders protest, as council officials hide in offices

Kabwe traders protest, as council officials hide in offices

The irate traders outside Kabwe civic centre

The irate traders outside Kabwe civic centre

Traders from Kabwe’s Kasanda market today stormed the civic centre to protest against the municipal council’s decision to lock their stalls after they rejected the increment of levies from the current K275 to K1,100 per month.

The irate traders who threatened to beat up senior council officials said they were cheated by government in the run up to the 2015 elections that the increment will not take place but now the same government wants to subject them to suffering by the astronomical increment.

Management officials at the council locked themselves inside the building fearing to be beaten by the irate traders. The female traders threatened to undress as a way of airing their grievances but UPND central province youth Chairman Milner Mwanakampwe restrained the women. Mwanakampwe has however called on the local authority to immediately unlock the stalls but the council has remained defiant.

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