Lusaka Province Minister, Miles Sampa has called on the media to play its critical role of sensitizing the public to desist from purchasing goods from undesignated places so as to curb street vending in the city.
Speaking in an interview, Sampa said there is need for journalists to help bring sanity to Lusaka, adding that it is the citizens, who are buyers of commodities that must take centre stage in the process.
He disclosed that the Patriotic Front (PF) government has shown political will to put an end to selling on the street so it is vital that residents change their mindset so that the clean up exercise is a success.
The Minister said the negative trend of street vending will take time to be completely dealt with as measures to curb the act are still being put in place.
Sampa expressed hope that the forthcoming clean up exercise will rid Lusaka of traders and bring the long desired sanity to the Province.
He noted that individuals trading in illegal places can only be disciplined if members of the public desist from buying their products and follow right procedures.
Sampa further said he will work to ensure hygiene and sanity are maintained and appealed to Lusaka residents to follow right procedures as they carry out their business.