Independent Lusaka Mayoral candidate Fisho Mwale has pledged to deal with the issues surrounding the Katondo Street unfinished building known as Mususu Kalenga which he says must be a source of concern to Lusaka residents. Mr Mwale has charged that successive governments have neglected the structure for too long.
Mr Mwale who visited the site said the building had been a hiding place for thieves for a long time.
He noted with concern the high levels of negligence by successive governments regarding the infamous building belonging to Royal Lutanda Company.
H e said Over the general public has continuously expressed concern and discomfort over the state of the building and the activities it attracts as a result.
Mr Mwale said the building is not only a danger in terms of security, but that it has for a long time made Lusaka city look filthy.
He said the overflowing garbage outside the building are a breeding ground for flies and rats which pose a great health risk to residents that conduct their business in the CBD.
He stated that It is worrying that the structure has become a den for those engaging in illicit activities such as robbers and underage sex.
He said street kids on the other hand have continued using the building as shelter a situation he said poses high risk on their lives and put them at the risk of also falling into a life of crime.
Mr Mwale said it is hard to comprehend why for almost 30 years the concerned parties have failed to deal with the issues surrounding the structure.
He said this shows lack of seriousness and commitment to dealing with the matter by concerned parties.
Mr. Mwale said he will take on this matter with the urgency and seriousness required once voted into office as Lusaka mayor.
He charged that leaving matters such as this one unattended is very dangerous for the city adding that it will be difficult to deal with theft given the circumstances.
Mr Mwale further argued that high levels of theft in the different communities must be dealt with in order make the city of Lusaka safe for the residents. He said this is a matter that requires urgent attention.
Meanwhile former First Lady and UPND candidate for the same position Maureen Mwanawasa said she will work towards removing Street vendors from the streets of Lusaka.
Ms Mwanawasa said the people working on the streets of Lusaka are doing so because the country’s economy is shrinking something she said has created a deficit in jobs hence people rushing to earn ends meat from the streets.
She said people can be moved out the streets by voting for a government that will prioritise value addition to the farm products and the creation of manufacturing industries in the country.
She said the UPND will ensure that it creates industries which will in turn help in removing the people from the streets through the creation of jobs.