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Blantyre City Council demolishes shops in undesignated places in Limbe

Blantyre City Council demolishes shops in undesignated places in Limbe

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)–Some vendors in Limbe had a rude awakening this morning following demolition of their shacks by Blantyre City Council (BCC) authorities.

The demolition is part of the council’s operation to get rid of street vending.

Chairperson of the vendors, Hastings Samwa, has called for calm as Police are patrolling the city streets to enforce order.

This comes barely few days after vendors plying their trade on the walk-throughs of Malawi’s commercial city of Blantyre defied BCC order to vacate from the undesignated markets.

On Friday the Blantyre vendors left the streets for a couple of hours before they returned.

According to some of the vendors, the unwillingness to leave the streets is due to fear of losing customers.

Speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of being identified by authorities some of the vendors said the market they were allocated to is far from the business district and would result in losses.

Some claimed those already in the designated market have conspired to have their business fail by refusing to share space.

BCC in response said its officers in all markets will help in allocating space to all vendors.

The Council has since called on residents and members of the public to stop buying from street vendors.

BCC said erected structures along roads and other areas without Council approval shall be take down as it embarks on an exercise to demolish all illegal structures.

The Tonse Alliance government has been cleaning the streets as vending in undesignated spaces is illegal.

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