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Minister of Information and Digitalisation, Moses Kunkuyu has urged Blantyre City Council (BCC) to amicably solve their differences with street vendors so that everyone can enjoy social economic development of the country.

Kunkuyu said this Wednesday in Limbe during an interface with street vendors who on Tuesday had running battles with police after they were angered with BCC officials’ exercise of chasing them from vending in the streets.

The fracas started when some vendors reacted angrily to BCC officials who were snatching merchandise from those who were selling in undesignated places and the situation turned ugly when some of the vendors hit back and stoned a BCC vehicle that carried officials.

Addressing vendors in Limbe, the minister said the scenario could have been avoided had it been vendors were engaged politely since they already know that they are doing business in undesignated places which is against the law.

“My coming here is to ensure that there is peace in this town. I have advised BCC officials to have meeting with vendors and other stakeholders starting Tuesday next week so that a consensus is reached.

“I know that with devaluation, everyone is concerned including vendors. It is the government’s wish to ensure that people are doing business freely while at the same time abiding by laws,” said the minister.

Kunkuyu said no issue concerning vendors should be discussed without their presence saying their side of the story also need to be heard and when laws are applied they should know what is happening.

Chairperson for Limbe street vendors, Onitala Mawotchi said vendors resort to plying their trade in the streets because the designated locations do not have space to accommodate everyone.

Mawotchi was happy that street vendors will have a chance to meet BCC officials who for a long time have been denying the audience.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Gladson Chipumphula, who is Officer in Charge for Limbe Police, has assured people of full security saying they should not fail to visit the town due to the Tuesday incident.

“We have cameras all over the town. Currently, we are analysing footage to see those who took part in the Tuesday’s fracas. Be assured that those will be arrested. Police will continue discharging their duties professionally,” he said.

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