-Solwezi business community wants foreigners out

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Solwezi business community wants foreigners out

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Solwezi, March 7, 2013, ZANIS……….Solwezi district business association
(SDBA) has asked the department of immigration in Solwezi to conduct a
cleanup exercise in Kyawama Township and ensure that illegal
foreigners posing as traders are flushed out.

SDBA chairperson Allan Kabwata said markets in Solwezi are invaded
by foreign traders who have no legal permits to conduct business
activities.

Mr Kabwata said the foreign traders who are mostly Congolese;
Tanzanians and Rwandese are contributing to the unrest at Kyawama
market and should be screened further to determine if they are genuine
traders.

Mr Kabwata said this during a stakeholders meeting called by the
district commissioner to resolve the conflicts marketers are having
with foreign traders at Kyawama.

This follows the death of a Zambian man who was killed by a Tanzanian
national two weeks ago in Kyawama compound.

And on Tuesday traders at Kyawama market rioted after a police vehicle
killed a 13 year girl.

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The traders have also asked the council to consider establishing a
separate market for foreign traders similar to the COMESA market in
Lusaka as a long term measure to resolve the conflicts in the
market.

And Cross Boarder Traders’ Association vice chairperson Felix Daka
urged the traders not to treat foreign traders harshly but to use
appropriate means to address their conflicts.

Mr Daka said mistreating them may affect the trade relationship
between the countries and this will work to their disadvantage.

He said the association will facilitate the process of setting up a
separate market for the foreign traders in Solwezi so that harmony is
maintained.

District Commissioner Crispin Likando encouraged the stakeholders to
work together and strengthen linkages among themselves in order to
foster a common good for all.

Mr. Likando urged the cross boarder traders association to work
closely with the council because the situation on the ground is not
good.
ENDS/PS/CSB/ZANIS——–DRY

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