Construction of a modern market in Lusaka’s Chelston residential area has reached an advanced stage.
AnÂ on the spot check at the site by ZANIS found Met-Weld construction company
workers putting up final touches on some parts of the structures.
Government in partnership with the European Union funded the project which according to sources is expected to be complete by next year.
Some traders talked to in a random interview expressed delight at the rate the
market is being constructed and commended Government and its partners for the
However, the traders have also expressed concern at the poor road network and
sanitary conditions at the market.
Mrs. Matilda Njapeni, a trader at Chelston market asked Government to consider
funding the tarring of the road linking the market to palm drive and the Great East
She also expressed concern at the congestion, taxi drivers cause adding that the
illegal taxi rank at the trading area deters potential customers as they are left
with no parking space.
Another trader, Pastor Peter Chanda urged the Lusaka City Council to be consistent
with garbage collection as this would be in line with the “Keep Zambia Clean Campaign”.
He bemoaned the sudden increase of uncollected garbage in the market area and the
recent trend of selling meat products in the open place which some residents
described as salaula meat.
In a separate interviews, Christine Chisenga and Mrs Chirwa both traders at the
market commended Government putting up a modern market in the area but reiterated the call to have a garbage free environment.