Blantyre City Council clear vendors out of streets

Blantyre City Council (BCC) has used police force to clear vendors out of the streets as part of its intensified measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Spot checks Wednesday in the city indicated that vendors have stopped selling their merchandise on streets.-Photo by Abel Ikiloni, Mana
Police patrol streets in Blantyre to stop vendors trading-Photo by Abel Ikiloni, Mana

The council deployed law enforcers in the streets on Wednesday following the ban issued on Monday.

The City Council’s  lockdown measures include ban on  street vending, bridal showers, night clubs, sporting activities, wedding ceremonies, engagement ceremonies and other social gatherings.

Wednesday morning all street vending areas within Blantyre City, there was tight security and nobody was doing his or her business along the Blantyre City roads or in the shop corridors or veranda of the shops.

BCC mayor Wild Ndipo has issued the directive among many preventive measures the council has undertaken following President Peter Mutharika’s declaration of a State of Disaster last Friday.

BCC appeals to butcheries, food stalls and hawkers to support the initiatives by providing hand-washing utensils for use by their customers.

In the same vein, the council has ordered worshipping houses, shops and offices to provide hand-washing facilities.

The council has since declared a month for a Make Your Environment Coronavirus Free Campaign and has promised to use the law to enforce the measures on non-compliant residents.

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Bright
Bright
8 months ago

In Lilongwe, business is as usual. Shame!!!

Kapolo
Kapolo
8 months ago

Give these vendors other places where they can do business because it is there means of survival. But they should not come back to the streets after all these corona issues are over. They make the whole city look like a local market. It looks like nthawi yakampeni amasiyidwa dala ndicholinga chopeza mavoti… too bad politics affects almost everything in this country.

James
James
8 months ago

No sooner will this be done than the vendors will storm back. Ndipo is a DPP Cadet and will use this for vote rigging. Also note that very shortly DPP will use a strategy if “food, cash and medicine in exchange for National ID or Nzika”. A strategy document was authosed by Fundu who is based in Georgia Atland USA is out.. A desperate move by a desperate Regine even at the expense of lives of innocent citizen.

Wild
Wild
8 months ago

When all other nations have dealt with the problem. Corona will come to Malawi.

M'Malawi
M'Malawi
8 months ago
Reply to  Wild

Please, let’s hope the best for Malawi

S smith
S smith
8 months ago
Reply to  Wild

Just seen minibus crammed with passengers around six in the evening. Looks like bringing in regulations but no enforcement. I think we are pushing our luck.

Mozey
Mozey
8 months ago

That is what the vendors wanted, force. Today’s Malawi is not keen to follow the law until force is used. Shame

icm
icm
8 months ago

wonderful! hope this becomes a new norm from now going forward , it feels like you are out of suffocation. Let the city bylaws be in effect as required , politics always comes in the middle and complicates even the basics things.

Kharupa
Kharupa
8 months ago
Reply to  icm

On point, the stupidity of politicians is beyond words

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