Police prepare to remove Kitwe vendors ahead of Cosafa games

POLICE in riot gear led by Kitwe District Police Commanding officer Fred Mulenga are tomorrow morning expected to move in the Kitwe city centre to remove street vendors and taxi operators as the preparations for the Confederation of Southern African Football Association (COSAFA) are intensified in the city.

Kitwe City Council (KCC) Public Relations Manager and member of the COSAFA preparatory committee Dorothy Sampa also confirmed that the vendors and pirate taxis would be removed from the city centre particularly Matuka and Obote Avenues as the city prepared for the COSAFA tournament.

The Police would be in riot gear in case of resistance from the street vendor especially those at Shoprite who have vowed not to be moved by any one, apart from President Michael Sata who allowed them to trade in the streets.

The police officers, who would be working in collaboration with the Kitwe City Council (KCC) police officers, are expected to move in the city centre early in the morning and cover Matuka and Obote Avenue where street vending and piracy was rampant.

District Police Commanding Officer Fred Malama was seen and heard issuing instructions and directions on Obote Avenue in a group of State and council police officers.

“Make sure that we move in, early in the morning and ensure that there is one trading in the streets,’ Dr Malama said to State and council police officers.

And Speaking earlier, Ms Sampa said the COSAFA games in Kitwe would be played at Arthur Davies and Nkana Stadiums, while the teams would be accommodated at Hotel Edinburgh and Moba Hotels.

She said removal of vendors from the city corridors was aimed at putting the house in order while preparing a tournament of such magnitude in a city of Kitwe.

M Sampa said the tournament would start from July 6th, 2013 to July 20, 2013, but the teams would travel to Kitwe on July 12, 2013.

She said removal of vendors from the city corridors was aimed at putting the house in order while preparing a tournament of such magnitude in a city of Kitwe.

“The whole thing should not be coming on the council, but should be seen as a way of putting a house in order. Even in our homes, if we are receiving visitors, we put our house in order. so the removal of vendors is aimed at putting our house in order.

“We will remove vendors and pirate taxis from Matuka and Obote Avenues to put our house in order and so street vendors should understand our position,” Ms Sampa said.

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