By Nation Reporter
THE poor state of Mtendere market in Lusaka has raised worry among traders who have appealed to relevant authorities to do something before it is too late.
They feared that if it was not cleaned, there was a possibility of a disease outbreak.
The traders complained that the market has had dilapidated structures for a long time and their appeals to Lusaka City Council (LCC) and the area councillors to correct the situation had fallen on deaf ears.
Mary Tembo a trader at the market said that the sanitation at the market had become a serious a health hazard not only to traders but the shoppers as well.
Ms Tembo said that the market had no toilets and the traders were forced to use bottles and Shake Shake packs to answer the call of nature.
She said many of them resorted to those methods because they came from very far places.
“We have always been appealing to the council. All they do is come and collect money from us but have failed to work on our market in any way.
“There is garbage everywhere and we do not have toilets and that makes it even worse and very soon we will no longer have customers coming to shop here especially with the recent outbreak of the cholera in the district.
She said cholera was spreading fast and it was the reason traders were scared for their health.
The market which was built in 1971 catered for more than 800 traders but has only two pit latrines which were not well maintained because of the huge number of people using the facility.
And the residents in Mtendere said they were afraid of going to the market because of the dirt.
Some residents said there was need to put up a modern market with up-to-date sanitation facilities for traders and shoppers alike.
Meanwhile, market chairman Leonard Mashewani acknowledged the deplorable state of the market but said the facility was facing financial challenges.
Mr. Mashewani appealed for financial help to improve the situation and rehabilitate the whole market.