10 December 2012

Zambia: Livingstone Makerteers Relocation Begins

THE relocation of about 200 marketeers from Livingstone Town Centre Market has started to pave way for the construction of a modern trading centre in readiness for next year's United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly.

Traders would be relocated to Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) cross-border traders and Scouts markets.

A check at Livingstone Town Centre Market showed that some marketeers had started removing their iron sheets from their stalls while others were helping the Livingstone City Council to demarcate new stalls at Scouts Market.

Town Clerk Vivian Chikoti said the council was working with the Town Centre Market committee and the provincial administration to relocate traders.

The Livingstone City Council has received K2.5 billion from the Government out of the required K28 billion for the construction of the modern market ahead of the UNWTO general assembly.

"We have worked closely with various stakeholders to help relocate the marketeers and so far we are happy that the marketeers have supported the relocation.

"You will recall that we gave the marketeers a notice to relocate by December 8, 2012 and our council staff is on the ground relocating the marketeers," she said.

Ms Chikoti urged the people of Livingstone to continue cooperating with the council because the modern market would be beneficial to them.

Livingstone City Council director of public health and social services George Kumoyo said marketeers would be able to trade in a much healthier, cleaner and more convenient place once a modern market was constructed.

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