The Patriotic Front government has again labelled as lies reports that street vending has been legalised by government as reported by the pro -PF government Post newspaper quoting president Michael Sata’s letters to local authorities allowing street vending.
Local Government and Housing Minister, Nkandu Luo, today told parliament during oral and answer questions that people (The Post) misunderstood the letter written by the president to Ndola city council during running battles with vendors in streets.
According to Luo, the president was merely advising one local authority (Ndola) to find a peaceful solution to the problem of street vending in the city, and she has since urged the media to understand the English language properly.
She further revealed that her ministry has since finalised a strategy for removing street vendors in all urban centres and take them back to designated trading areas.
Among the penalties prescribed by the ministry is to impose higher fines on vendors who will defy the orders.
The ministry is further considering punishing members of the general public buying from vendors.
Early this year, the PF controlled Post Newspaper quoted a letter from the president purportedly addressed to all councils in Zambia to allow vendors trade in the streets as a way of creating promised employment to the people.
The paper further said Sata was uncomfortable with removal of vendors as the move would make PF unpopular in urban centres.