Mzuzu Vendors Raise Concerns Over Garbage
Some vendors in Mzuzu continue to raise concerns on their health safety following the continued piling up of garbage outside the Mzuzu city main market where some vendors do set up their businesses and some streets within town.
While others feel the council is trying its best to get rid of the garbage some suggest the council should be held liable for failing its job as businesses around the areas are affected since most customers visiting the market place shun to buy their merchandise upon seeing the hips of garbage.
Michael Luhanga is one of the vendors and he states that the current situation is ruining his business.
"There is no change since the situation started, we are at risk of many diseases and currently nothing has been happening since we started consulting the council and we are losing customers on a daily basis as most customers are not comfortable," Luhanga lamented
One of the vendors, Beatrice Mvalo with an infant says the situation poses serious health threat on her child and other people who bring their children, but they have no option as they need to fend for their families.
"As we are eating during lunch flies keep landing on our food and this is hugely affecting us and our children," Mvalo explained
While acknowledging the situation Mzuzu City Council spokesperson Mcdonald Gondwe attributes the current situation to the breakdown of the waste management vehicle a truck that collects the rubbish to Dunduzu Msilo waste management sight.
"We are concerned with vendors inside the market and not illegal vendors, but we have been facing problems for almost a week now following a breakdown of our truck, but we are expecting it to be functional by the end of today," Narrated Gondwe
He further lamented on council’s inadequate resources some of which include sorting sheds, incinerators, excavator dozer and skip bins calling upon all stakeholders to show support.
Mzuzu trash has been piling up for almost a week now.