Recently, President Sata directed councils to allow street vendors to trade freely in the country because it was their source of income.
One of the traders, Thomas Njobvu, told ZANIS in an interview that the directive is unfair, saying the marketers pay market levies and those in the streets do not pay anything.
“We pay market levies and those in the streets do not pay anything to the council. They do their business for free while we pay for the business we do,” he said.
Njobvu has asked government to build an ultra modern market so that those in the street can be moved from the streets of Livingstone to the market.
He claimed that some trading spaces in the market are vacant because people have now opted to trade in the streets because of the President’s directive to allow them sell anywhere.
Njobvu further claimed that the number of thieves, especially pick-pockets, has increased because the streets are now crowded.
He said despite Livingstone being the centre of tourism in Zambia it is now dirtier than ever before due to street vending.
“Livingstone is the Tourist Capital but because of street vending the city has become dirtier than ever. Let them remove the street vendors just like they banned the sale of ‘tugiligili’,” he said.
Another trader, Sydney Mutale, observed that the products sold on the streets are the same as those sold in the markets, adding that people would rather buy from the streets than from the market.
Meanwhile, a Committee Member of the Executive at the same market, Fines Muchindu, told ZANIS that street vending has only worsened sanitation problems in Livingstone especially the town centre.