Vendors defy order to relocate to designated market

Vendors in Malawi’s commercial capital Blantyre have ‘adamantly’ gone ahead to display and sell their merchandises in the streets despite the order to relocate to designated selling points.

Blantyre City Councilors gave the vendors until Friday to relocate to designated selling points or they will be chucked out.

The order was made during a meeting between a special committee on vendors and stakeholders held Tuesday at the Blantyre City Council offices.

Business as usual, vendors in the streets of Blantyre city
Business as usual, vendors in the streets of Blantyre city

The committee was put in place to look into illegal vending and find a permanent solution to the vice.

Representatives of the vendors assured the committee to relocate to designated markets “peacefully”.

But vendors, mainly those selling farm produce have clung to the streets, precisely at Nandos along the Henderson Street.

However, the meeting by the councilors resolved that under whatever situation the city has to restore its lost glory and that for sustenance, police and city rangers will strategise to ensure that the vendors get off the streets peacefully.

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