BUTTYSON KANDIMBA, Solwezi
THE Solwezi Municipal Council has issued a seven-day ultimatum in which all traders conducting business on the streets to stop and those who have erected makeshift stalls and containers to immediately remove them.
But North-Western Province Minister Richard Kapita has objected to the directive by the local authority.
According to a notice issued yesterday by Solwezi town clerk Venture Kafula, the council says failure by the traders to adhere to the directive will compel the local authority to use the necessary force to ensure compliance.
Mr Kafula said there are adequate trading spaces in the markets which can accommodate all the people currently conducting business on the streets.
He urged the traders to liaise with market masters for allocation of new trading spaces.
â€œIt has come to the attention of the council that the number of street vendors trading along Independence Avenue has continued to increase, posing a great threat to an outbreak of diseases. The council, therefore, wishes to give an ultimatum of seven days from the date of notice to all street vendors to move immediately,â€ the notice reads in part.