Limbe Vendors Relocated; Bemoan Space Condition

Samwa call for speedy rectification of the challenges Samwa call for speedy rectification of the challenges - pic by Happy Njalam'mano

The Blantyre City Council has relocated vendors who were plying trade in the streets of Limbe.

However, the vendors have complained that the Council has relocated them to a site that is not conducive for business.

Chairperson of the vendors, Hastings Samwa, says the site which used to be crop fields has no facilities such as toilets.

“The council allocated to us this space yesterday but we have failed to resume our businesses today because the land is not cleared. It seems the Council was not prepared to relocate us.

“There are so many challenges here. The place has no water, toilets and electricity. We are appealing to the council to rectify these challenges with speed for us to resume our businesses. We have stayed for a week now without operating,” he said.

Spokesperson for the Council, Anthony Kasunda, says the Council has plans to develop the site for business.

“We will continue to ensure that sanitation and other necessities are available. We know that there are toilets in Limbe market which these people can access but our future plans are that there will be a lot of developments at this place and Blantyre market so that we should be able to address these issues,” he said.

The council on Tuesday effected its plan to evict the vendors from the streets, saying the practice was illegal.

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