By Meclina Chirwa
It has been established that the Lilongwe Flea Market has a population of 10000 vendors with only 2 toilets at a time the country continues grappling with the Cholera outbreak.
This was revealed when the Parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources and Climate Change toured the market on Thursday to appreciate the status of hygiene and sanitation amidst the Cholera outbreak.
In an interview, chairperson of the vendors Steve Magombo said the situation is very pathetic and disturbing in the market.
He said it is very unfortunate that Lilongwe city Council is failing to provide sanitation and hygiene facilities despite the growing population of vendors.
Magombo indicated that each and everyday the council collects revenue which is not used for the intended purpose.
In his remarks, mayor for Lilongwe City Richard Banda said they are aware of the challenges and pledged to do something about it.
However, he was quick to point out that the lack of resources is the major challenge contributing to the problem.
In order to address the challenge, the committee has ordered Lilongwe City Council to request K100 million funding to construct 20 toilets.
Chairperson of the committee, Werani Chilenga said this should be done immediately so that Parliament should approve the funds.
Meanwhile the Parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources and Climate Change has ordered the Lilongwe City Council and Malawi Environmental Protection Agency (MEPA0 to close the dumping site at area 38, Lilongwe and identify a new one which should be far from town.
In an interview, chairperson of the committee Werani Chilenga said the place is a health hazard and is not well managed.
Chilenga said the identification of the new place and closing of the site should be done in two weeks’ time.
The committee accussed MEPA and the Council of failing to manage the stinking dumping site.
Mayor for Lilongwe City Richard Banda admitted that the dumping site is not properly managed and agreed with the instruction.