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Lusaka Mayor Declares War On Vendors Majority Of Which Are Zimbabweans

Lusaka Mayor Declares War On Vendors Majority Of Which Are Zimbabweans

Zambia’s Lusaka mayor Chilando Chitangala has said the Lusaka council in collaboration with the Immigration department would soon descend on the foreigners trading in the capital city’s central business district while riding on fake Zambian names to cover up their illegal stay in the neighbouring country.

In a recent interview with a local radio station, Chitangala said 3 000 foreigners, mostly Zimbabweans, would be removed to restore sanity in the city.

Her remarks came as nearly 200 000 Zimbabweans are facing deportation from South Africa, where their stay on special exemption permits is on the line, with just under 12 months left to regularise their stay.

Other targeted foreigners in Zambia are from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania. Chitangala is quoted as having said: 

They sell various goods such as second-hand clothes, biscuits, alcohol, plaiting hair among others.

Chitangala added that illegal markets had sprouted in Lusaka due to unlicensed traders.

Chitangala said street vending in the CBD was causing chaos adding that efforts to organise the traders had been resisted. She added:

From our 2018 to 2019 counting, we found that we not only have Zambian street vendors, but a good number of our friends from neighbouring countries too are coming here and trading on the streets.

That includes Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania, Rwanda and Congolese. It’s not only Zimbabwe. We are trying to organise our vendors by trying to move them back to their market stalls, and also provide new trading spaces.

But Zambia’s ruling United Party for National Development spokesperson Joseph Kalimbwe warned Chitangala against “issuing statements which have the potential to cause xenophobic attacks on African nationals in the city”. Kalimbwe said:

The Mayor of Lusaka must not be issuing statements which have the potential to cause xenophobic attacks on African nationals in the city. Why blame fellow Africans? There are Chinese & Indian nationals who trade in Lusaka but no one speaks or threatens deportation on them!!!

Analysts say the effects of bad governance are forcing Zimbabweans to migrate to other neighbouring countries where they are ill-treated.

More: NewZimbabwe


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8 Comments

ABSALOM MBAURA 4 months ago

Ngavadzoke vazo vhota


mufakosi 4 months ago

Dzidzai kubvisa pfungwa dzehondo muchasvika rini muchiudza vana vaduku hondo Zambia bho zvekuti ngavadzoke sekutaura kwaita umwe pano vakadzidza kumirira togadzira vosvikotora mabasa .
Nyika dzakatenderedza dziribho zvokuti vanhu ngavadzoke kumhatso tobata njito tese toVota


MaFyt 4 months ago

What a great job by our fellow african states. vana vekumusha ngavadzoke havo tivake nyika yedu tese. next its Namibia, Madagascar then tapinda machena


King of Serpents 4 months ago

@🤨🤨 Those are true sentiments, Zimbabwe haivakwe nemuromo. What we need is to vote for a better government and open up our economy to investors, then totangira ipapo kuvaka nyika kana mari yedu yaaneValue

🤨🤨 4 months ago

Mudhara munivaka nyika nei iyo Mari yacho isina power mukuti nyika inovakwa nemuromo her itai mushe

WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 4 months ago

ZIMBABWE CRISIS IS NOW BEING EXPOSED LEFT, RIGHT AND CENTRE. YESTERDAY WE DISCUSSED HOW SOUTH AFRICA IS TREATING UNDOCUMENTED ZIMBABWEAN IMMIGRANTS. TODAY IT IS ZAMBIANS WHO ARE ACCUSING ZIMBABWEANS FOR SELLING EVERYWHERE WITHOUT LICENCES.

THERE ARE THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN DENYING THAT ZIMBABWE IS CRISIS RIDDEN. WHAT ELSE DO YOU WANT IS WE ARE KNOWN WORLDWIDE AS VENDORS.

ZIMBABWEANS ARE NOW KNOWN FOR BEING VENDORS IN SOUTH AFRICA, ESWATINI, LESOTHO, ZAMBIA AND BOTSWANA. WE ARE EVERYWHERE AS VENDORS.

THIS IS TOO BAD FOR A COUNTRY LIKE ZIMBABWE TO BE KNOWN FOR BEING VENDORS.

{LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, LET US ADMIT THAT WE HAVE A CRISIS IN THE MAKING.

YOURS TRULY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
{ THE BUSH LAWYER }


Viper 4 months ago

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Gushungo 4 months ago

Dont worry Mayor of Lusaka, maZimbos and Zambians are the same from the time before the federation of Rhodesias & Nyasaland. A lot of Zambians have permanent jobs in Zimbabwe, with some of them holding very high offices. We even suspect that mumwe mukuru wemuno is Zambian, but we are not bothered coz pachedu. Just reciprocate and formalise these vendors who have exported the kiya kiya skills from this great nation Zimbabwe. In fact most of these vendors are college graduates and hold masters degrees and doctorates, which should benefit your city. Priz in the spirit of Ubuntu, dont deport them coz muno marovha awandisa. Ndatenda, I thank you.



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