Outspoken Patriotic Front (PF) Roan member of parliament Chishimba Kambwili feels let down by the government’s decision to remove the Vendors from the streets after he campaigned in the Copperbelt province in 2016 that they will be allowed to continue trading from the streets.
Kambwili who was fired from cabinet has accused Luanshya Mayor Nathan Chanda of using force to remove the street vendors in the Central business district of Luanshya.
But after a meeting last week between the Luanshya municipal council and the adhoc committee, the street vendors voluntarily moved out of the streets to their old trading places.
However, Kambwili feels Chanda used force to have the street vendors move out of the streets.
He accused the Luanshya Municipal Council and Chanda of cruelly treating the street vendors.
“Am extremely disturbed to hear that the Luanshya Municipal Council wants to use force on the instructions of the mayor Nathan Chanda to remove street vendors. People must know that you can not use people, take people for granted. When we were campaigning as PF, one of our message was that when you vote for UPND, they will remove you out of the streets. So I feel so sorry so sad that people who voted for us in Luanshya have been treated like dogs.” Kambwili said.
“But I think people have forgotten people who voted for them and we all know that street vending is not good but just the current situation, people are suffering. People don’t have any means of livelihood and that is why they are in the streets.”
Kambwili said there was no market in Luanshya town where the removed street vendors will run to now.
He said the levels of crime had reduced in Luanshya because everyone was busy with selling something in the streets.
” People selling on the streets are earning a living and crimes have ended in Luanshya because everyone is busy on the streets selling, and there is no country in the world, I have moved all over where there is no street vending. All you need is to regulate it properly.”
“I want to tell that Nathan Chanda to know where his votes came from. He must know that the same people he wants to send the police on to torment are the same people who voted for that boy. So God is watching and the people of Luanshya are watching.”
Kambwili said it pains him that he campaigned on the Copperbelt that no one will be removed from the streets.
” I feel so sad that am the one who lead the campaigns on the copperbelt, the entire copperbelt, we told the people that no one will move them out of the streets but power corrupts and it must be checked. Some people are drunk with unknown powers, forgetting that it is the same people who voted for them. My heart bleeds and I can only appeal to the people, the street vendors that please stay calm God is with you.”