A cholera outbreak is looming at Miseshi market in Kitwe due to lack of toilets and running water at the trading facility.
A check by ZANIS revealed that the toilets have been closed due to unavailability of running water while marketeers and bar patrons are using toilets from nearby houses while others use packets of opaque beer to answer the call of nature.
The market is also littered with heaps of uncollected garbage which is producing a bad stench around the area.
Kitwe District Commissioner Binwell Mpundu, who also toured the market, expressed displeasure at the state of the trading area.
Mr. Mpundu directed the Miseshi councillor Douglas Moyo to work in collaboration with the Kitwe city council and Nkana Water and Sewerage Company to ensure that water supply is reconnected to the market toilets.
He said the Mr. Moyo should also ensure that there is consistent collection of garbage from the market.
Mr. Mpundu said it was unacceptable for a market to lack running water when it was accommodating a lot of marketeers and bars, which regularly need water.
And some marketeers that spoke in separate interviews appealed to government to compel Nkana Water and Sewerage Company to immediately reconnect water supply to the market to avoid a possible outbreak of cholera.
Speaking on behalf of other marketeers, Annie Tandeo appealed to Kitwe District Commissioner, who visited the market on a fact finding mission after receiving reports on the challenges the traders were facing, to direct the council to clear the heap of garbage.
Ms. Tandeo also complained of rampant thefts at the market which she said was retrogressive to their business.
And area Councillor Douglas Moyo assured the marketeers that he was going to work with the water utility company and the local authority to ensure that the market is provided with all the necessary services that they complained about.
Mr. Moyo has meanwhile urged the marketeers to feel free to go to his house to report any problem that they were facing in his ward.
However, some resident complained that Mr. Moyo was not aware of the challenges the people in the ward were facing because he had been away from the area for a long time.
The residents challenged him to open an office within the market premises where people can easily reach him.