PF Roan MP and former Information and Broadcasting minister Chishimba Kambwili has described as unfair and inhumane the decision by the PF controlled Kitwe City Council to remove the poor street vendors from the streets.
Lamenting on the move through his facebook page, Kambwili wondered what would happen to the poor vendors who have resorted to selling on the streets as their only source of livelihood and means to take their children to schools.
He said that the PF, being a pro poor government had reiterated during the last general election campaigns that the vendors will not be removed from the streets until an enabling environment for them to thrive was provided but wondered how now the PF can call the vendors’ merchandise as dirt. He summed up that it was called dirt because the rich had money and plush places like Shoprite to buy from.
Kambwili, who is one of the surviving founder members of the PF admitted that the economy, under President Lungu was not doing well and was under enormous stress hence it was not right for towns to compete as to which one is the cleanest at the expense of people’s lives. He reminded his colleagues in the PF not to forget that unemployment is high and vending was a way for people to make ends meet.
“Lest we forget that unemployment is high and this is a way for people making ends meet. Let us have a human heart when making life changing decisions, how can we refer to human beings selling their products as dirt?
The sad case of street vendors, dirt in others’ eyes, livelihood in their own eyes. Where is the fairness?”, laments Kambwili.