Lunzu Market in Blantyre has a new face following rehabilitation and expansion works currently underway. This development, according to authorities, will help improve revenue collection for the Blantyre District Council.
Blantyre District Commissioner, Bennet Nkasala, told journalists during a media tour of Local Development Fund (LDF) funded projects in the Southern Region, Nkasala disclosed that Lunzu Market is the largest source of revenue for the council with a revenue base of K4 million per month.
He said that the LDF is constructing three market sheds each with four bays, 28 kiosks, four butcheries, sanitary facilities and a slaughter house as well as renovating the old structures, a project whose total cost is K108 million
He said the figure is expected to be doubled once the construction works are completed.
“This money will help us as a council to serve the citizenry better as we will be able to carry out social responsibility activities to benefit them,” he said.
Nkasala stated that the council has put in place measures to prevent fire which has of late been a major challenge in most markets in the country.
He further said that as a council, they are not going to allow vendors to erect illegal structures as this is one of the contributing factors to most of the market fire.
Chairperson of the Lunzu Market Vendors, Clement Maovololo concurred with the District Commissioner saying they will try their best to prevent a recurrence of fire which previously gutted the market by fixing fire extinguishers and water taps.
“As vendors, we are proud to have this state of the art facility which is a model market for Blantyre as well as other districts and we will ensure that it is well secured,” he said.
LDF Development Communication Specialist, Booker Matemvu observed that the new market will help to ease up congestion as well as reduce road accidents.
“The old market was small and most the vendors were doing their businesses outside and very close to the main road which resulted in accidents on the road,” said Matemvu.
Funds for the project have been provided by the German Development Bank (KFW).