Lusaka DC calls for sanity at Buseko Market
Lusaka, Jul 10/14, ZANIS——Lusaka District Commissioner, Ashell Kampengele, has called on the Lusaka City Council to restore sanity at Buseko Market.
Mr Kampengele has also expressed disappointment with the council for allegedly failing to stop traders from sleeping in the market.
The District Commissioner, who toured the market yesterday, said that lives and goods are at risk of catching fire if the trend continues.
He warned that fire accidents have happened several times before, saying he did not want to see the recurrence .
Mr. Kampengele has advised the council to ensure that traders find somewhere to sleep and only come to do their businesses during the day.
He called on the local authority to build a structure where traders can be conducting their businesses unlike the current makeshift structures which are prone to catching fire.
Meanwhile, the District Commissioner has expressed disappointment at the delay by the local authority to complete the ablution block at the market.
Mr Kampengele wondered why it has taken almost a year for the council to complete the ablution block, saying the local authority should ensure that the structure is completed within the next two months.
This follows complaints from Buseko PF Branch Chairman, Luckson Chilufya, who complained of poor sanitation in the market.
Mr Chilufya revealed that traders are forced to use plastic bags to answer the call of nature due to lack of toilets.
And Lusaka City Council Markets Manager, Reuben Longwe-Matibula, explained that plans are underway to build a shelter for traders at Buseko Market.
Mr Mutibula said the local authority has been facing challenges to put a structure because part of the land at Buseko is privately-owned.
And responding to queries on the delayed completion of the ablution block, Mr Matibula indicated that the building has stalled due to financial constraints.