Mzuzu: Mzuzu City Council (MCC) has warned Mzuzu Flea Market owners to occupy their shops within three months or the shops will be given to other vendors.
MCC Chief Executive Officer, MaCloud Kadam’manja, said this Saturday in an interview with the Malawi News Agency (Mana).
The warning is effective December this year. It means if they do not do so by February next year, the shops will be handed to other people, he said.
It has been a long time since they [owners] built those shops, so they are creating a non-conducive environment, Kadam’manja said.
Mzuzu Flea Market Secretary, James Gondwe, said the council had not yet communicated the order to them.
He however, said people are failing to occupy the shops because the council has not fulfilled its promises.
Mzuzu City Council promised to build a road from Mataifa side connecting to M1 road which could improve transportation of business commodities as well as act as a hype for customers to safely travel to the market.
The council also promised to electrify the market, surprisingly we do not see anything of that kind taking place not even today, he said.
The call to occupy the shops comes a few days after the council met various stakeholders including committees for different markets in the city, to discuss measures of eradicating illegal vending, which is high along the M1 road and outside Mzuzu Central Market.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA