Lusaka City Council police and state police have been deployed in the Central Business District (CBD) to repel the influx of vendors.
Council has in the last few days observed an influx of vendors in CBD and also some unscrupulous people demacating trading spaces along CBD roads.
Some people have been spreading false information that vending has been legalised and cashing on some unsuspecting vendors by allegedly charging them as much as K1500 each for a single trading spaces.
This assertion not correct because vending is still illegal and Council will not allow vendors to come back into CBD.
According to Council records, there are about 8000 empty spaces in the markets around the city.
The 8000 spaces have been abandoned by marketeers who have opted to be selling their merchandise in the streets.
The local authority is encouraging those who have abandoned spaces in markets to go back before their are allocated to other people.
Other people awishing to acquire trading spaces in markets are free to approach market masters for allocation of stalls.
CBD is already congested with vehicles and allowing vendors to go back will just worsen the situation.
Vendors who could have paid money to unknown people for allocation of trading spaces should demand for refund from the very people they paid to as no one will be allowed to trade in CBD.