KITWE Mayor Christopher Kang’ombe has pledged speedy construction of the additional trading spaces at Chisokone market to accommodate the remaining vendors who were relocated from the central business district in January 2017. To this end the mayor has directed management to scale up the construction works. The mayor has further called for closer cooperation with associations representing informal sector traders to ensure the plight of genuine traders over allocation of trading spaces in designated locations were addressed to lessen the inconveniences traders faced.
Speaking in his office today during a fruitful consultative meeting with representatives from four marketeers/vendors associations, the civic leader disclosed to the meeting that central government would soon release K1.5 million towards construction of the facility consisting of a vendors’ shelter and three slabs. Those in attendance were from Association of Vendors Traders and Maketeers of Zambia, (AVTMZ) Change of Mindset, Association of Vendors and Marketeers of Zambia (AVEMA) and United Street Vendors Foundation. Additionally some members of Kitwe City Council management and Zambia Police were present.
“Kitwe City Council attaches considerable attention to the project because it is our duty to provide conducive trading facilities as guided by His Excellency President Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu when commissioned the rehabilitated market shelter at Chisokone,’’ the Mayor stressed and added that the President in his address also challenged the traders to abide by the laws of the land.
In unison the representatives welcomed the consultative engagement and agreed to formulate a transparent system to identify bona fide traders who will shift into the refurbished Edgar Chagwa Lungu shelter which has 560 trading spaces. However, the representatives bemoaned the mushrooming of various trading booths in the central business district and urged the local authority to curb the trend as vendors felt disadvantaged.