Mulanje District Council has urged vendors at Limbuli Market to relocate to a newly-constructed market or risk being removed by force.
During a full council meeting on Wednesday, members of Parliament, counsellors and representatives from different organisations supported the motion, saying negotiations over peaceful relocation have failed.
Mulanje District Council director of administration Grey Nkwanda said the council has engaged the traders for five years.
“We will now use force to have them occupy the new market,” he said.
On his part, Mulanje West legislator Yusuf Thenda said there was no other option other than letting the law enforcers disperse the traders from the old market.
Meanwhile, no deadline has been set for the traders to relocate to the new market.
But in a separate interview, the vendors said there are few shops at the new market.
Limbuli Market chairperson Matius Nachuma also said the council failed to construct a bus depot at the new market as promised.