Dec 19 deadline for street vending in Lilongwe

Lilongwe Mayor, Willy Chapondera said the City Council will on Friday push street vendors  back to the designated places of doing business to ensure security for residents in the city.

Lilongwe city Council Mayor, Willy Chapondela and his deputy Kwame Ngwira, CEO Richard Hara addressing a news conference.-Pic by Solister Mogha

Lilongwe city Council Mayor, Willy Chapondela and his deputy Kwame Ngwira, CEO Richard Hara addressing a news conference.-Pic by Solister Mogha

Speaking at a news conference at Central Office of Information (COI) in Lilongwe Chapondera said the council has developed some mechanisms to reinforce the laws of doing business in the designated places in the city.

“This time when the council cleans up the streets these vendors will not return to do business in the streets.

“We have put in place mechanisms to monitor and secure the city and that by-laws which were enacted will be applied on everyone caught doing business in illegal places,” Chapondera said.

He further said the Lilongwe Council will strike fine on any vendor if caught doing business in undesignated places according to the laws of the city council.

The mayor expressed disappointment with the tendency of street vending which he said put at risk many innocent lives and that it devastates the outlook of the Lilongwe capital city.

“I want to ask the buyers to shun away from buying anything from such vendors. If these vendors did not have a market for their goods they could not be found on the street selling their goods,” the mayor said.

He added that the city council realizes the shortage of market to cater for many vendors however he said the city has found a place in area 22B where the council would establish a market.

“We just need to construct toilets and few blocks at the market and we will relocate them there,” he said.

Chairman for Vendors Association, Mark Namponya conquered with the Mayor that it is difficult for the Police Officers to work properly with the situation on the streets now.

“It is very difficult for police officers to identify thieves from the vendors because it is always clouded.

Street vending put many lives of people at risk especially when accidents occur, and stealing is also rampant in the city which prompts many thieves to hide in the crowd and the police fail to discharge their duties professionally,” Namponya said. –Mana

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chakwera kabwira

Now the city looks very clean and smart. The mayor is Jessie Kabwira’s uncle, so it is MCP chasing vendors.

chipoya LJ.

Timing factor should be put into consideration for I foresee some sabotages in this process for others will try to politicise this exercise for politics is the talk of the day.

Please I urge the authority to wok professionally and trade it carefully/peacefully. Am not backing the vendors but how I wish it to be after christmas and new year celebrations. I see some people capitalising on this.

All in all, God Bless Malawi!!!!!!!


Inu olemba please can you demonstrate that iyi ndi area yanu of specialty. Mumadziwa kuti anthu ena akamawerenga amatenga ngati kuti zomwe mumalemba is grammatically correct? Chingerezi kungovwinyavwinya chonchi. Ayiayi!!!

Gilbert Safuri

These are signs of the times let’s keep on praying to God

Galu wapananji Mwale

Dats gud news,where hav u bn wth dis wonderful dction? achoked mavendawa mu ctrt,cmumawona ma cty azathu m’mene alili? azchita kutposa ndi ma Tanzanian omwe! Zamanyaz malawi


Thumbs up Mr mayor. Koma mikozo ndi zina pliponse simunena kuti asachite paliponse. Ochitawo, don’t just fine them but whip them, so they will never do it again. Achenjezananso. Put bins also where people can throw in waste instead of scattering everything everywhere, zimaonetsa ngati kuti pamalopo eni ake kulibe, anachokapo. I can go on and on. But have deep reflection on how we can really make our city attractive including mum locations where there are no roads even at age 50!!


It’s really high time we sent all vendors to their designated areas cos this will reduce crimes and women embarassment due to their dress codes


Muoneponso on minibus call-boys

sacred man

the problem market munaika kutali ndi depot ganizanipo a #mayor


Which city planning recommends a market to be near the bus terminal ? U mbuli basi ndi kusayenda.


Ku 22b thats madnes! What about malo akale munawachotsa pa ma tax paja? Pakungowolatu

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