THE decision by the Lusaka City Council to clean up drainages at City Market bus station has cheered traders who commended the local authority, stating that it will help ease the flow of water when it rains.
The traders said that the move was a sign that the council has listened to the cries of the people and was working hard to ensure that they fulfilled their responsibilities.
They said the drainages have been blocked for a long time because they were filled up with garbage which was preventing the flow of water whenever it rained, causing flooding in the market.
Joyce Chileshe, a trader at the market, said that the move by the council was a good initiative because the traders were conducting business in fear especially with the outbreak of cholera in Lusaka.
Ms Chileshe said that the traders have always been worried about the blocked drainages in the market because it cartered for a lot of people.
She said that cleaning the drainages has made it easy for the traders to conduct business without fear of a disease outbreak.
Ms Chileshe said the blocked drainages were a health hazard not only for the traders but also for the people who visit the market because it was also a bus station.
‘’We have always been worried about the drainages because we are aware that water cannot flow whenever they are filled up with garbage and it has been worrying us as traders because it can affect our businesses.
‘‘People are wary of their health and if the place is dirty they do not go to shop there and that would have been a disadvantage to us because we have for long time been conducting business here because this is the only way we are able to make money,’’ she said.
Emmanuel Sampa, another trader, urged people conducting businesses in the area to ensure that they did not throw garbage around now that the council has cleaned the drainages.
Mr Sampa said it was now the responsibility of all traders to ensure that they keep the drainages clean and not block them with garbage.
He appealed to all the traders to ensure that they find a central place where they will throw the garbage and not in the drainages because once the drainages were blocked it would be difficult for the council to start unblocking them.
-Millennium Radio, 90.5FM