Lusaka City Council clears business district of vendors trading in undesignated areas


Thirteen vendors in Lusaka have been arrested for trading in an undesignated area of the Central Business District (CBD).

Chola Mwamba, the Public Relations Manager of Lusaka City Council (LCC), reported that the arrests occurred during an operation conducted in the CBD on Monday.

In a statement issued in Lusaka on Tuesday, Mwamba explained that the operation aimed to clear traders operating in undesignated areas, resulting in the confiscation of various merchandise from street vendors and shop owners.

“The LCC, in collaboration with the police, conducted a raid on Monday, May 6, 2023, leading to the arrest of the 13 vendors,” Mwamba stated.

She added that the joint operation targeted shop owners who incorrectly displayed goods, leading to the seizure of goods from at least eight shops.

Mwamba noted that the arrested vendors, who were selling various food items on the streets, were currently in custody, while the shop owners whose goods were confiscated would face legal proceedings or pay penalties to the Council.

She said that the operation was part of the Council’s efforts to restore order in the CBD and ensure compliance with trading regulations, warning street vendors to cease operations immediately in non-designated areas.

On a different note, Mwamba highlighted that the Council had allocated K700,000 for the construction of street lighting on Freedom Way in the CBD.

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“This significant investment, made possible by the 2023 Constituency Development Fund (CDF) for the Lusaka Central Constituency, is set to commence this year,” Mwamba stated.

She explained that the project was currently at the tender stage to facilitate an open and competitive bidding process among contractors, ensuring the selection of a professional and reliable contractor.

Once installed, the street lights would not only enhance the aesthetics of the CBD but also improve security for businesses and the general public, Mwamba said.

“The LCC is dedicated to ensuring that the project adheres to the highest standards, meeting the needs of the community and fostering a thriving business environment,” she concluded.

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