Vendors committee against illegal vending


By Samuel Kalimira:


Vendors in Mzuzu City have asked Mzuzu City Council (MCC) to start flushing out vendors plying their trade in undesignated places.

Mzuzu City Vendors Committee President, James Kasambala, said time had come for the council to act on vendors who promote lawlessness.


“We always say that we are failing to find solutions to the issue of vending in undesignated places because politics is at play at the council.

“Now that the campaign period has ended, after people voted and leaders were elected, we are saying the council should start chasing away vendors who are selling merchandise in undesignated places,” Kasambala said.

He added that MCC had, in the past three months, failed to collect revenue through market fees at Mzuzu main market because vendors plying their trade inside feel that customers are buying goods from vendors in the streets.


But MCC spokesperson, Macdonald Gondwe, said they operate without being influenced by politicians.

“We stopped chasing them from the streets because they asked us to work on electricity and water connections as well as construction of a road to Mzuzu Flea Market. When we are done, we will relocate them into the market,” Gondwe said.

Recently, President Peter Mutharika asked the council to promote cleanliness in the city.

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