By NATION REPORTER
MONZE Council has confiscated assorted merchandise from street vendors who were trading in the Central Business District Area (CBD).
Council public relations officer, Nelson Kazeze said that the operation was conducted by a team of council Police officers in accordance with Statutory Instrument no.12 of 2018 on the street vending and Nuisances.
In a statement, Mr Kazeze urged all traders selling merchandise within undesignated places to move to Lega trading areas to avoid being inconvenienced by the on-going local authority programme aimed at getting rid of street vending.
Mr. Kazeze said the enforcement team would be on the ground to ensure there was compliance and guaranteed that perpetrators would have their goods confiscated and destroyed in accordance with the law to deter would be offenders.
“Additionally, we wish to reiterate that that the enforcement on the ban on street vending is not meant to deprive vendors of their livelihood, but is a measure aimed at restoring sanity on the streets and prevent diseases such as cholera,
“We further wish to advise residents to avoid buying from the streets to help curb street vending and promote cleanliness in the town,” he said.
By press time a combined team of officers from the Public Health Department and the Council Police were disposing off the confiscated perishable Merchandise at the Monze dumpsite.
Local authorities in Southern province have intensified monitoring and enforcement of the law against street vending aimed at preventing outbreak of diseases.