When will govt act on illegal vending in Malawi cities?  

Scenes of illegal vending along, and sometimes, in the middle of the street in our cities, are becoming increasingly appalling.

Street vending in the cities of Malawi has many faces. It provides people with cheap goods, but is also considered an eyesore and sometimes even a disguise for thieves. Especially women feel vulnerable.

Appalling to a point where driving is becoming difficult and, we know, there have been reports of people having their valuables snatched.

The vendors are all over and often you feel as if it’s a mob, all poised to get your attention—and if you don’t give it, sometimes, you earn yourself a dose of insult or two.

I want to believe that we are a republic of order, one where things must be happening according to specific laws governing our land. The chaotic streets we are enduring caused by a spree of illegal vending are a sharp contrast to how we must be behaving as an orderly nation.

In fact, the scenes smack a certain level of leadership failure on part of those responsible to enforce order in our land.

This is why it is very right, at this juncture, to remind those responsible—in this case Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security; to stand up and do the needful.

Not so long ago, late president Bingu Wa Mutharika cleaned our streets of illegal vending because he knew that was the right and legal thing to do.

His successors, however, slumped into inactivity and hell broke loose again to the weird level we are witnessing today.

It is my hope that President Lazarus Chakwera will make sure that this kind of lawlessness doesn’t go unaddressed. We are a nation of order. Let’s say no to illegal vending.

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Kambewa ngozo
10 months ago

Foseki
Peter Muthalika also allowed vendors to operate in the streets. Why stop them now?

Kambewa ngozo
10 months ago

Foseki
Vendors were allowed to sale in the streets by Bakili Bingu Bingiza and why shoold you stop them now.
Foseki akutuma

Concerned citizen
10 months ago

The whole of Blantyre has been turned into a minibus depot and open market. People are parking any how. Is the any law and order in our town?

Kambewa ngozo
10 months ago

Foseki
Why did you not tell Bakili Bingu Bingiza Peter Muthalika. In fact Bakili used to claim that he is vendor number 1
Akutuma foseki

Kwaniki
Kwaniki
10 months ago

The writer is very correct, let them be allowed to sell their wares but at designated places. You can hardly walk straight on the pavements because these people wayala pali ponse zogulisa. One issue that the government and councils work on are these churches now operating in residential areas. We woke up one day our neighbour building a church in his premises. As l speak we can’t sleep these days,all night prayers with P.A system blowing throughout day and night. A town or city should run on followed up rules,not anyhow.

Lawrence Phiri
10 months ago

They are waiting for govt to give them jobs as promised.

Kambewa ngozo
10 months ago
Reply to  Lawrence Phiri

Foseki they started to sale under Bakili Muluzi and Bingu Bingiza Peter Muthalika allowed them. Why should they stop now foseki akutuma

Chimwene wa Anabanda ku Joni
Chimwene wa Anabanda ku Joni
10 months ago

We can’t discard vendors but they should be taught how to run a very organized business. Govt must grow teeth to deal with this disorderliness

Matt
Matt
10 months ago

They need an organized and dedicated building to have vending. Anyone vending out of the dedicated zones needs disciplinary action

Coke
Coke
10 months ago

I was shocked with what i saw at nandos this week.its a market and bus depot.city authorities need to do something

Gule kwao
10 months ago

This message is for Mtambo. He used them to vandalise people’s property to gain power. Let himvacste them as he did by ordering them to go for demonstration

Kambewa ngozo
10 months ago

Foseki
Why should vendors stop now as this was started by Bakili. He used to claim to be vendor number one.
Bingiza Bingu and Peter did not stop vendors why now.
Foseki akutuma

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