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COMOTION AT MUTENDERE MARKET

Fights and disputes have broken out among marketeers at Mutendere market due to shortage of trading space.

Mary Mulenga, a marketeer said the disputes arose because traders were not given a permanent space by the market authorities in which to do business.

Ms. Mulenga said the lack of space has led some marketer’s to sell  their goods near garbage dumping sites which is unhygienic.

Furthermore, Peter Lungu another marketeer said, he and other traders are subjected to frequent payment of fees for  garbage collection but there is a lag by those in charge of collection.

The traders have since called upon authorities to facilitate a larger trading space and maintain order.

Meanwhile, area Councilor Chipembele Mtonga said the population of traders has increased and the market was only constructed specifically for groceries not vegetables.
Mr mutonga said he has engaged the Lusaka City Council and Ministry of Local government to decide on whether they can build a modern market to accommodate everyone.
‘Due to the increased number of traders in the market, it has been very difficult for the council to provide services in the area and we do not know who collects daily levies at Mtendere market,’ he said.

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