Nankhumwa, who is also Minister of Local Government and Rural Development announced Government’s plans to redesign the market as a way of increasing space and addressing hygiene challenges.
The Minister noted that lack of space and hygiene in the market has reached alarming levels, and there were no short cuts to address the situation.
“We need a master-plan that would translate into the market being redesigned. There are just no short cuts in addressing the plight of this market. I have seen it with my own eyes, we do not have space in this market. And the hygiene levels are a threat to both traders and buyers. But I can assure you, beyond May 21, Government is going to do something about this market,” said Nankhumwa to hundreds of vendors in the market.
Nankhumwa also seized the moment to melt down a confusion that has been engulfing occupants of part of the market known as ‘Japan’ following speculations that the part has been sold to some wealthy Malawians of Asian origin.
Nankhumwa said as far as he is concerned, the area still belongs to the car parts dealers.
“I can promise you that by the end of business on Friday, Blantyre City Council is going to officially write you on this matter,” said Nankhumwa.
Nankhumwa donated 20 DPP branded bicycles and party clothes to DPP leaders in the market. He then announced that President Arthur Peter Mutharika was set to officially close DPP campaign in grand style at Njamba Freedom Park in Blantyre.