Lilongwe new mayor Bikoko says will not kick out vendors off streets

Lilongwe new mayor Desmond Bikoko has ruled out kicking out vendors off the streets of the capital city, a thorny issue that has pitied the street vendors against authorities over the past years.

Mayor for Lilongwe Bikoko

Speaking at a news conference, Bikoko said there was need to find a good place where the vendors can be trading from.

“It is unfair to remove them from the streets without giving them an alternative place to trade from,” he said.

However, his decision will likely clash with that of the central government which use the police to chase away the vendors from the streets.

They are accused of pick pocketing and littering the city, among other issues.

There is always a cat and mouse chase between vendors and authorities as vendors usually refuse to relocate to designated trading places.

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Bulutu uyu ndiyeso uti?

Fitst things first.The first thing is not to chase vendors.The most thing is the problem analysis.Second thing is problem problem solving along side by laws. The problem we have about vendors in streets is a problem created from root cause problems.So,our Gvnts have been trying to solve the results of problem deliberately to blindfold so to make us believe that something is being done. Using the police to drive vendors out the street is good as doing nothing because the vendors will be there in streets all the time hunting for money yet the police can not be there all… Read more »
Cash Gate
please hear what the mayor said, he said that it is not good to chase the vendors without giving them the place where they can sell their commodities. This means that the first thing to do with theses vendors is to find the place where the vendors can trade and then tell them to go to the new place not chasing them without giving them the place. Go through the story again.

This mayor is doing politics instead of mayors job. you need to be voted out otherwise the city will be dirty. use the bylaws. stop your dirty politics we need a clean city adhering to rules and regulations not appeasements

Walhelha Ochavo

kufoyila kweni kweni,mwayamba udyo akulu

Joseph Banda

Ndale zopanda nazo nzeru! What is this man talking about? You want to take back the city to dirty days. After all cleaning the city is an operational issue. Why is the so called Mayor commenting on this? GIVE ME A BREAK! Useless Mayor


It is unfair to judge that vendors are pick pocketers.Vending is a trade and they vendors earn their living through whatever small item they sell.
Find them a place and relocate them.If you chase them without finding them a place that becomes unfair. Sometimes we shouldn’t just comment negative things about others just because we have good jobs ourselves. Let’s put ourselves in their shoes.They are citizens of this country just like us.They pay tax just like any of us.And most importantly they are also human beings just like us

Hatton Mbewe

If it is politics of your political party, then it’s very cheap. Are you planning to have public conveniences all over your city? Apart from the other hazards of these vendors loitering everywhere, your lordships the mayor, consider the hygiene of your city.

Baba wa boy

That is a sign of weak leadership.

This mayor is not going to achieve anything.

If you start by appeasing vendors that’s it you are gone, you can not do anything that does not please vendors and the majority of vendors are indeed pickpockets and thieves.

jah man

I am MCP, but I feel let down by this decision. Uku ndiye kupoira

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