The Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) has asked government to hand over management of urban markets to the private sector if they are to improve sanitation.
Cama executive director John Kapito said this in an interview on Tuesday after Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Cama and Blantyre City Council (BCC) officials toured Zingwangwa, Limbe and Bangwe markets.
“We are appealing to government to privatise management of urban markets as is the case with the [garden management at] roundabouts because there is a lot of mess in the current management of the markets in our cities.
“The rains are approaching and the situation will be chaotic, considering the poor sanitation in our markets. The risk of disease outbreak will be high,” he said.
Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa described Zingwangwa Market as not fit to be in a city.
“Blantyre City cannot have a market that has no brick fence. There is no security of products. We need modern markets in our cities as is the case with Lunzu and Mdeka.Government is intensifying Urban Markets Improvement Programmes.We want modern markets. We will start with Bangwe and then we will move to Zingwangwa,” he said.
The minister asked BCC, Zingwangwa Market leaders and group village head Zingwangwa to sort out relocation issues because some vendors were refusing to move to pave way for market construction.