Marketeers at Saturday market have complained that their businesses have been affected by the return of the street vendors outside the main market.
Speaking to feel free radio yesterday, Saturday Market Committee secretary, Mr. Victor Thole says most marketeers are complaining that business is slow at Saturday Market because most of their customers buy their daily needs outside the market.
Mr Thole says some people have illegally allocated themselves trading places outside the market along Umodzi Highway, a thing that has caused anger and anguish in the people trading inside the market
He wonders why the council has allowed such a situation to revamp itself when in actual sense the council does not collect any revenue from such activities that take place in undesignated places.
Mr Thole has also disclosed that some street vendors are returning to the streets alleging that in times of election, vending is allowed. He has however challenged the vendors to site an article in the constitution of Zambia that gives mandate to street vendors during election times.
However, when contacted for a comment, Chipata City council Mayor, his worship Mr. Sinoya Mwale says the council is aware of the situation at the named market and soon the council will move in to correct the situation.