UNCOLLECTED garbage and blocked drainages at Lusaka’s City Market has become a source of concern to the traders.

Traders at the market   have accused the Lusaka City Council (LOCC) of not doing its job of collecting garbage and ensuring that the drainages were clean especially now with the onset of rains.

The traders complained that the area got flooded each time it rained because the drainages were blocked.

Ms Brenda Luonde, one of the traders at the market, said that the area was now a danger zone for the people because they were not able to trade and generally conduct their businesses in peace.

‘’When the market gets flooded we cannot do anything because there is water everywhere and this is bad for our businesses. We are unable to make any money and for some of us this is our only way of survival and pay for our children’s school fees,” said Ms Luonde.

Mr Brian Phiri, another trader at the market, said that apart from flooding affecting their businesses there was also a risk of waterborne diseases.

‘’We cannot continue to live like this; we are human beings and our fellow humans should care about our health even if we are not in their class,’’ said Mr. Phiri.

And traders at the Kulima Tower bus station have also raised concern over flooding 0f the premises when it rains due to blocked drainages.

But Lusaka City Council public relations manager Mulunda Habeenzu said the council had done its part of digging up drainages at both Kulima Tower bus station and City Market.

Mr. Habeenzu said traders were to blame for the blocked drainages because they were the ones that threw garbage in them.

He also said the traders should learn to be responsible for public property because it was for their benefit and not that of of the council or Government. – Millennium Radio 90.5FM

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