Blantyre City Council (BCC) says it is trying its best to reduce garbage pileup problem at the Blantyre market despite having a few garbage collection vehicles.
This comes following complaints from Blantyre market users that BCC was taking too long to collect garbage from the Market a situation they say has led to garbage pileup, raising fears of disease outbreak.
Fred Galeta who sales Irish potatoes close to where garbage is dumped waiting collection said the garbage pileup is affecting his business since the place looks filthy.
“This garbage pileup is affecting business here as people rarely come to buy from us because it stinks a lot,” he said.
“As you can see this pileup, no-one can say there is hygiene around here as a result buyers shun us. Our chair person knows about this, and we have been telling him about the situation but nothing happens,” Galeta added.
BCC Public Relations Officer (PRO), Anthony Kasunda in an interview with the Malawi News Agency MANA Friday expressed ignorance about the complaints saying the Council has not received any of such grievances.
“The Council has not received any complaint from the Blantyre market users,” he said.
Kasunda said people should realize that the possibility of garbage pileup at markets is high since they produce a lot of waste as a market.
“You will agree with me that Blantyre market produces a lot of garbage and chances of pileups are high” he said
The PRO said even though such is the situation, the council is working around the clock to rectify the situation.
“The Council collects garbage regularly, however, it is not possible for us to be on spot every time there is a pileup considering the number of vehicles available,” he said, adding otherwise the Council has no problem that could make it fail to collect the garbage,” he added.
Efforts to get comments from Blantyre market chairperson proved futile as he denied interview arguing that this reporter must seek permission first from the city authorities.
Source: Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA