Monze Market Committee Chairperson, Kenneth Mweene has attributed the continued street vending in the district to lack of a suitable market space to house traders.
Mr Mweene has observed that the main market lacks the capacity to house all traders forcing most them to trade on the streets.
In an interview with ZANIS today, Mr Mweene noted that the council had allocated traders with space from which to trade, but the number of traders is larger than the space allocated to them.
The Market Committee Chairperson further appealed to the council to provide additional sanitary facilities noting that, the main market has limited facilities to service the large population of traders.
He however, commended the council for the ongoing construction of an additional ablution block stating that, it will improve the working conditions of traders at the market.
“I attribute the high number of street vendors to inadequate trading space in the main market. Although the council allocated space for traders, it is still insufficient to cater for all the traders hence, forcing many to conduct their businesses on the streets,’’ Mr Mweene said.
“We are also in need of additional sanitary facilities for the high number of traders at our market,” he added.
And Monze District Council Public Relations Officer, Nelson Kazeze affirmed the council’s commitment to provide traders with needed services noting that, the department is in talks with the Ministry of Local Government to modernize the market.
Mr Kazeze further observes that the council through the department of works is currently constructing an ablution block worth K252, 000 to ensure traders are operating in an environment with proper sanitary facilities.