Luo sides with Venders
Local Government and Housing Minister Professor NKandu Luo has advised Councils not to use force to remove street vendors.
Professor Luo says councils should instead dialogue with the vendors.
The minister said President Michael Sata neither allows nor supports vendors but that he is against harassment of the vendors.
ZANIS reports that Professor Luo was responding to complaints from Lundazi Council Chairman Godfrey Mapili.
Mr. Mapili has complained that vending has become uncontrollable in the area and that the council is spending 15 million kwacha monthly on garbage collection.
Meanwhile, Professor Luo has disclosed that her ministry dissolved the Local Government Service Commission because it was inefficient and corrupt.
She says her ministry is in the process of revisiting and streamlining the Commission so that it becomes accountable and transparent .