Parliament yesterday heard that government has created 22,000 alternative trading places to accommodate the 8000 displaced Lusaka street vendors.
This came to light when Local Government Minister Vincent Mwale made his Ministerial statement to Parliament.
Mr. Mwale indicated that the alternative market places are adequate to absolve all the displaced street vendors.
He said government is committed to ensuring that the displaced street vendors are accommodated in a decent trading place.
Meanwhile, the Minister disclosed that an additional 140 Council Police Offices have been employed.
He explained that the newly employed Council Police Offices will help in beefing up security and maintaining order in the running of markets and bus stations.
And Mr. Mwale revealed that he has appointed Boards to superintendent the operations of the markets and bus stations.
He said the market and bus stations Boards are aimed at bringing sanity in the running of the institutions.
Mr. Mwale complained that previously there was no accountability with funds collected from the markets and bus stations.
In a related development, Parliament heard that government has intentions of constructing 50 modern markets in different parts of the country.
Mr. Mwale said government wants to see to it that traders across the country trade in decent sanitary conditions.
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