SHOPPERS in Lusaka have expressed concern over the dilapidated state of Down Town shopping mall.
They observed that the mall used to offer a great shopping experience which was a marvel for shoppers, but due to its bad condition, those glory days were now over.
Ms Beatrice Mwelwa, a regular shopper at the mall, complained about the poor condition of the surroundings.
She noted that most of the buildings urgently needed a fresh coat of paint.
“It’s no longer the way it used to be, it has lost its shine. Most of the buildings are dirty and people now prefer shopping from other places. Downtown needs some serious renovations,” she said.
Another shopper, Cynthia Nyirenda, said the situation had been worsened by the presence of vendors who had occupied the car park.
She said that it was pathetic that business operators at the mall and the Lusaka City Council sat back and watched standards fall right under their noses.
She called on the concerned authorities to do something about the issue of cleanness, as well as driving away the illegal vendors who, apart from illegally crowding the mall, also took their away customers.