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Nkhotakota vendors accuse council for loss of business

Written by  Frederick Manda
A vendor selling mangoes in the streets - File Photo A vendor selling mangoes in the streets - File Photo

Nkhotakota, November 29, 2018: Vendors in Nkhotakota have expressed disappointments over the district council’s delays to allocate them a place to do their businesses after police destroyed their structures to force them to relocate to designated vending sites. 

Nkhotakota District Council officials and police on the night of Tuesday, November 24, 2018 burned down and destroyed structures for vendors that ply business around the market and bus depot to force them to relocate.

The affected vendors stormed the council offices on Wednesday demanding compensation over their destroyed properties and a site for their businesses.

Market Chairman, Namazani Mkonkholo said vendors whose shades and benches had been destroyed were told to wait until the council allocates them land for their businesses but the council is not coming back to them.

“We are very concerned that the council is not helping us, instead they just send the police to raid our business places and burn our structures down.

Mkonkholo complained that Nkhotakota market is very small to accommodate all vendors.

A clothes vendor, Manuel Ndisamaleni, said his family is suffering after his business structure was destroyed.

“I could not go inside the market because there was no place for all of us to do business. The market is very congested.

“We are patiently waiting for the council to allocate us a site for our businesses. If they will take long time I will have my shade re-installed at the same place because our families have been affected,” he said.

Nkhotakota Market Supervisor, Alick Mataya however, dismissed claims that there is shortage of space inside the market.

He said the council will compensate some vendors whose properties were destroyed during the operation.

Director of Planning and Development (DPD) for the council, Derrick Mwenda asked for a questionnaire but never responded after this reporter issued one.

The vendors say they want to meet the District Commissioner (DC) to raise their concerns.


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