January 20, 2012 Zambia Daily Mail By NKOMBO KACHEMBA
MARKETEERS in Kitwe have refused to pay the revised market levies despite the local authority threatening to take punitive action against them.
Early this month, the Kitwe City Council (KCC) revised market levies, in a bid to increase revenue collection but the move has angered market associations.
KCC acting public relations manager Dorothy Sampa said in an interview in Kitwe on Tuesday, that council officers are facing resistance from traders who have refused to pay the revised market levies.
Ms Sampa, however, said council management on Monday held a closed door meeting to find a solution to the controversy surrounding the revised market levies.
“Right now, our officers are not collecting anything from the markets because of the resistance from marketeers. The local authority held a meeting yesterday (Monday) to try and find the best possible way of resolving the problem surrounding the new market levies,” Ms Sampa said.
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