899 vendors apprehended in 4 months in Lusaka

By Staff Reporter

THE Lusaka City Council says the anti-vending operations and inspection of public places have been intensified and warned that those that will be found wanting would be made to account for their actions.

In a statement issued by Public Relations Manager George Sichimba, the anti-vending activities have been boosted by the recruitment of more council police officers and the procurement of seven light trucks dedicated to same activities.

“We have apprehended 899 vendors from July to October, 2018 out of which 290 appeared in the Fast Track Court and were convicted accordingly. Of the convicted number, 53 failed to pay the prescribed fines resulting in them serving a custodial sentence of two weeks simple imprisonment while 237 managed to pay fines,” said Sichimba.

He said during the same period under review, 49 people were apprehended for illegal collection and dumping of waste in undesignated places contrary to the law with six being imprisoned after failing to pay penalties.

“Another 220 traders were warned for non-subscription to any solid waste management system, while 60 traders were also penalised for trading in insanitary conditions contrary to the Public Health Act. The local authority is determined to push back vendors who have come back into CBD and Kamwala trading areas, the Council can only succeed in controlling vendors with the support of all residents in the city,”  he said.

Sichimba added that some of the ways in which residents could support the local authority was to stop buying food and non-food items from vendors while giving support to council police officers during their operations.