Senior officers at Chipata Municipal Council threatened with dismissal over poor sanitation at Saturday Market.

Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Emmanuel Mwamba has threatened some senior officers at Chipata Municipal Council that they risk losing their jobs if the poor sanitation at Saturday Market does not improve in a weeks’ time.
Mr. Mwamba expressed sadness with the poor sanitation at the market where the toilets and drainages are in a deplorable state posing a health hazard.
Mr. Mwamba says that the council has been giving him reports that Chipata town is clean when infact not.
He directed the town clerk and health inspectors from the council to clean the market within one week saying that he will inspect the trading area again to see if there will be change.
Mr. Mwamba was speaking when he toured Saturday market Tuesday morning.
Meanwhile, Mr. Mwamba says that illegal street vendors, cyclists and taxi drivers operating near Saturday market are posing danger to human life.
Mr. Mwamba says that many lives will be lost if a serious accident was to happen because there is serious congestion along Umodzi highway.
He has directed the Town Clerk and RTSA, the Road Transport and Safety Agency to quickly work on the issue.
The PS also says that RTSA should sensitise cyclists, taxi drivers and other road users on the importance of obeying traffic rules while the council should give illegal street vendors trading stands in markets.
He added that there is need to widen the roads in Chipata town and create a lane for the cyclists because stopping them from operating is not a good idea.

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