ANDREW MUKOMA writes
THE Livingstone City Council (LCC) has razed down 11 mobile money booths for causing traffic obstruction in the streets of the City.
This follows complaints from motorists and members of the public.
Council Assistant Public Relations Manager, Mumba Mafwenko, said many booths had been removed from Mosi-oa-tunya Road near the traffic lights.
Ms Mafwenko said removed mobile money booths will be relocated to designated areas where owners will be conducting business from.
“The council police swung into action after receiving complainants from the members of the public motorists that the mobile money booths in the 217 area just after the traffic lights are causing obstruction to the drivers using the Mosi-oa-tunya road,” she said.
Ms Mafwenko said that the local authority has also removed some mobile money booths in the central business district and will be relocated and rearranged.
She lamented that there were some of the mobile money booth operators who have no permits from the council.
“We have also noted that some of the mobile money booth operators have not been in touch with the local authority so that they can be granted the authority to use the areas which they want to operate from,” she said.
Ms Mafwenko said the council would not tolerate people, who were putting up mobile money booths anywhere they desire.
She said the mobile money booth owners should ensure that they get their trading licence before they start transacting with their clients.
“We want to urge the people in the city to always ensure that they follow the laid down council by laws whenever they want to trade as the council has to account for the spaces for the mobile money booths in the city,” she said.