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Blocked sewer drainages anger Kanyama marketeers

SANFROSSA MANYINDA writes

@SunZambian

BLOCKED sewer drainages at Kanyama Township’s Bwafwano Market in Lusaka have infuriated traders at the facility.

The marketeers complained in separate interviews that the problem has been reported several times to relevant authorities but all had been in vain.

One of the traders, Salome Phiri said that it was worrying to see effluent flowing like rainwater at a market place where people are found all the time.

Ms. Phiri said that it was worrying in the sense that nobody and no institution had shown interest to do something to control the situation despite numerous calls and complaints.

She said that the market place was supposed to be kept clean in all aspects because various foodstuffs were sold there and different types of people visited the place.

“The health of children that are found at the market is also put at risk. Some parents go with their children to the market and spend the whole day with them there for different reasons,” she said.

She said that some people also took advantage of the situation to dump garbage in the drainages which she said made it even unhealthier.

Another marketeer, Jairus Nkonde complained that the market was neglected despite paying taxes to Lusaka City Council (LCC).

Mr. Nkonde said that the structure itself left much to be desired a situation he said needed urgent attention.

“We are suffering here in Kanyama compound. Just look at the water crisis we have at the moment, we have not had running water in most homes for some time now. We are forced to draw water from shallow wells which are not healthy for us,” he said.

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