The Patriotic Front government this morning sent some Soldiers to Kanyama to stop the riots that erupted following the decision to stop street trading in the township.
Kanayama residents taking to the streets
Soldiers moved into compounds on Wednesday
The Soldiers were deployed after the Police failed to contain the situation as the angry fought back.
By press time the situation was still tense with Soldiers patrolling the streets and oreder for the closure of some shops.
And Opposition United Party for National Development UPND President Hakainde Hichilema has appealed for calm among traders who have been displaced in the wake of measures to prevent the spread of Cholera.
Hichilema said the challenges the traders are going through but that there is need for all involved to find a lasting solution.
We have received information that traders who were displaced from the streets and resident in Kanyama have run out of patience and protesting, demanding to get back their trading places so that they can continue earning a living.
The opposition leader called on well meaning Zambians to avoid getting involved in any violent protests which would lead to the loss of life.
“We fully understand the challenges that everyone is facing at this moment but we want to call for calm as together we identify lasting solutions to these challenges.
“Further, we call on every well meaning Zambian not to involve themselves in violent protests that would lead to death,” he said.
He added “may calm be restored in our country and we hope even those whose trading places have been declared prohibited throughout the country will not resort to violence but dialogue and identify lasting solutions. It is understood that people’s lives and livelihoods have been disturbed and its time the PF took this matter seriously. The solution to roadside trading is to designate an area for traders to conduct their business.”
Zambia Police officers this morning fired teargas canisters to disperse rioting Kanyama resident who were protesting against tight measures to control the outbreak of cholera.
Kanyama is the most hit township with Cholera and a centre has since been opened there.