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Association of vendors condemns continued harassment on street vendors by Council Police Officers

Written by on July 17, 2019

By Raphael Mulenga, Kitwe

The Association of Vendors and Marketeers in Zambia (AVEMA) is saddened that vendors are still being attacked by Council Police Officers despite a directive not to by Minister of Local Government Vincent Mwale.

Association President Abel Chikwa tells Flava Fm News that the association is not happy with the way vendors are being treated by Council Police Officers.

Mr Chikwa has called on Council Police Officers to be impartial as they deal with street vendors stating that there is need for a win-win situation so as not to affect business for those in the informal sector.

He says he is aware that there is a law in place that restrict vending further adding that Council Police officers need to find an alternative way on how to deal with street vendors.

Mr Chikwa adds that the behaviour of confiscating merchandise is contributing to high poverty levels at household level.

Last week, Local government Minister Vincent Mwale issued a statement directing Council Police Officers to stop harassing street vendors.

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