We’re Not Here To Kill Booth Business, We’re Just Reorganizing It In The Interest Of Public Health And Safety – Councillor Simataa Explains

We’re Not Here To Kill Booth Business, We’re Just Reorganizing It In The Interest Of Public Health And Safety – Councillor Simataa Explains
Mainda Simataa

Firstly I wish to advise the media and concerned stakeholders to correctly and fully refer to the ongoing booth removal exercise objectively, and in it’s totality, namely;

THE BOOTH REMOVAL, RELOCATION AND REDISTRIBUTION EXERCISE (Triple R)

Key Questions, Concerns and Facts to note;

  1. Was notice given before removal? Yes, written notices were issued repeated since September 2021 under the ‘Booth and Container Verification Exercise’ and copies are available from LCC Housing and Social Services department for stakeholders to check!
  2. Are we sending booth operators home? No, we’re relocating them to alternative spaces that meet new standard placement guidelines.
  3. Are we trying to clean-up Lusaka to just impress visitors coming in for the AU summit as purported by some political demagogues? No, we’re running the long-standing keep Lusaka clean, green and healthy campaign!
  4. Are we removing all booths in Lusaka? No, infact, some will be redistributed in key places like bus stops, stations under new standards.
  5. What’s the main reason for the enforcement? We’re responding to public health and safety concerns as mandated, viz;

A report indicates that 70% of booths are either illegal, wrongly placed, or simply dormant, thus giving rise to;

a) Road Traffic Accidents caused by booths placed on corners creating blind spots.

b) Health risks caused by booths used as toilets and illegal refuse dump sites

c) Security risks caused by booths used as hide-outs by criminals

  1. Has LCC violated booth owners rights? No. Under the Urban Planning Act, the council reserves the right to remove and/or reallocate any temporary structures in the city, without compensation, for the purpose of development.

LCC remains committed to supporting and providing a clean and safe business environment for all to trade and live in.

Mainda Simataa
Kamwala Ward Councillor and City Planning Committee Member
Lusaka City Council

Source – Zambianobserver.com