Handing over the facility on Friday April 17th, one of the trustees Professor Peter Mwanza said Press Trust partnered with Malawi government to construct modern Markets in the four cities to enhance cleanliness and fight street vending in the country.
“Apart from offering a descent trading area, the flea market will be a source of revenue to the City Council,” said Mwanza.
He however expressed concern over the slow pace the project was being carried out.
“Our projects at Press Trust take a maximum of a year but this project has delayed up to seven years,” complained Trustee Mwanza.
Receiving the market on behalf of Malawi government, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Trasizio Gowelo thanked Press Trust for financing the project with K67 million.
Gowelo called on all vendors to occupy the new market to ensure it was put into full use.
“The only way of saying ‘Thank you’ to President Professor Peter Mutharika and Press Trust is for the vendors to occupy the market and put it to full use,” the Minister added.
On the question of the delay in constructing the Market, Gowelo said their was lack of professional personnel in the Council.
He then pledged that his ministry would embark on capacity building on staff of all councils in the country to ensure Malawi constructs quality and timely infrastructures.
Speaking on behalf of Mzuzu City council, Deputy Mayor Councilor Frazer Chunga said the council will sit down and find ways of moving vendors in the streets to the new markets.
The new Mzuzu Flea Market is constructed behind the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia offices in the heart of Mzuzu City.