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Blantyre City Council destroys vending stalls

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Anthony Kasunda

Blantyre City Council (BCC) Tuesday demolished vending stalls in undesignated places in Limbe as a way of stamping out illegal vending.

BCC spokesperson Anthony Kasunda said the council has been warning vendors plying their trade in undesignated places to move out.

“We have been moving around with Public Address Systems across the city warning against operating businesses in undesignated places. The council made a decision to move all the illegal vendors out of the streets and we are determined to do that,” Kasunda said.

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Prior to the move, the council said on its official Facebook page that its officers in all the markets would be allocating space to the vendors.

“This order will take effect at midnight of Friday 18th September 2020. Failure to voluntarily vacate the streets by the given deadline shall compel the council to use lawful means of forcing them out. Residents and members of the public are hereby asked to stop buying from street vendors so that we can together stop the malpractice.

“The council is also asking people who erected structures along roads and other areas without council approval to immediately take down those structures. The council is embarking on an exercise to demolish all illegal structures,” reads the public notice.

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The demolition of the Limbe structures comes after Lilongwe and Mzuzu City Councils also demolished business structures constructed in undesignated places.

Various stakeholders have been speaking against vending in undesignated places which they argue results in congestion and poses security threats as, among others, pickpockets capitalise on the crowds to steal from passersby.

In an earlier interview Lilongwe City Council spokesperson Tamara Chafunya said the city’s bylaws say that everyone must be doing their businesses in designated places.

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