By Patricia Male
The Association of Vendors, Traders and Marketers of Zambia has threatened to hold countrywide protests if the continued invasion of markets and other trading places meant for Zambians by foreigners is not stopped.
Association Secretary General Musonda Mushota is concerned that the invasion of trading places by foreigners has continued at the expense of local traders, whose trading space is being taken up.
Mr. Mushota is appealing to the Ministry of Home Affairs through the department of immigration to visit some markets to check if the foreign traders who have invaded these markets have proper
He has warned that failure by the relevant authorities to do this will force association members to protest so that the foreign traders can be moved to occupy COMESA market where they are supposed to trade from and leave other markets to Zambians.
Mr. Mushota is saddened that despite the government being aware of the challenges that association members are faced with such as competition from foreign traders who come in with huge capital and lack of empowerment from the government, their plea to have these traders removed from the markets has fallen on deaf ears.