Zambianpolice have demolished makeshift street stalls in
Vendorswatched as police used sledgehammers to tear down "illegal" stallsand destroy goods, in scenes reminiscent of a similar drive in
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"Thecouncil gave out notices to all the traders well in advance," said WinfredMwale, a Luska council official.
Thepolice were sent in after most street vendors ignored a governmentultimatum, which ended on March 14, refusing to dismantle their stalls andmove on.
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"Ithink we started three months or six months ago, advising them and warning themto move out of these illegal structures and to demolish them on their own, sothat at least they can salvage something," Mwale said.
Luska'susually bustling Cha Cha Cha road will now stand empty for the first time inyears, but the demolitions have angered many of the capital's poor, who reliedon the street markets for their livelihoods.
Theyaccuse the government of taking away what little they had.
"Whyshould they go to the poor people only?" one street trader asked.
"Whyshould they get the little things that we have? They have millions, renting thebig shops there. The market belongs to the poor people."
TheZambian government says it plans to extend its clean-up operation acrossthe country and will demolish illegal and unplanned homes.
It hasalready begun to destroy temporary dwellings in
Theenforced demolitions echo a similar programme that took place in
Anestimated 700,000 people across the country lost their homes and livelihoods asthe authorities evicted families and demolished slum dwellings.
But theUN condemned the programme in
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