Vendors sue govt


By Staff Reporter

Street vendors have hauled the government before the courts of law over its decision to bar them from staying operational during the two-week lockdown that came into force on Thursday.

According to court papers, the applicants face starvation as their livelihood is brought to an abrupt end by the government through the lockdown, while there are no contingency plans to assist them notwithstanding the fact that their businesses are closed.

“There are no coherent reasons why onion, cabbage, tomato and apples are deemed essentials only when in the shops and non-essential when on the streets. The street vendors are only placed at competitive disadvantage to shops for no good grounds.