NOEL IYOMBWA writes
MARKERTEERS at Kabangwe market in Lusaka have shunned the market and resorted to trading outside.
Some marketeers told the Sun newspaper that they could not utilise the market because there was no business inside.
One of the traders who refused to be named said because of the shops surrounding the market, business inside the market was too slow because customers preferred buying from outside.
“Bantu sibangena mumarket chifukwa chama shop. Market ilipakati yama shop, nichamene tigulisila panja. At least panja baona ati tomato iyo. Mukati nichoyuma. (People don’t enter the market because of the shops that’s the reason why we trade from outside. Inside it is dry at least outside the market people are able to see from a distance.”
Another trader Ms Maria Mwanza said she used to be inside while others were trading outside forcing those inside to join.
She said there was no way others could be trading inside because customers preferred to buy from outside.
Kabangwe market in Katuba constituency was constructed during the reign of former Katuba MP Jonas Shakafuswa after an outcry by residents but after completion and commissioning, the market has been lying idle.
A check at the market found stalls empty with only one person selling