Cama says govt should privatize markets

Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) executive director John Kapito has suggested the government should privatize all markets to improve on hygiene and sanitation which he said is appalling.

Woman sells vegetables in the upmarket town of Zingwangwa in Blantyre city

He described as hell for consumers, markets in Zingwangwa, Limbe and Bangwe, saying they are a breeding ground of diseases.

Kapito said this on Tuesday when he joined Local Government and Rural Development minister Kondwani Nankhumwa who toured the markets in what people say for political campaign whilst his officials say he wanted to see the state of the places where people buy and sell commodities mostly food.

“The conditions in the markets are appalling, these are breeding grounds for diseases. This is not good for consumers. The only way out is to privatize the markets,” he said.

However, Nankhumwa said privatizing the markets was not a solution.

He said the government wants to embark on Urban Market Improvement Program which he said president Peter Mutharika has already approved.

He said under this program, all urban markets would be improved in all aspects, saying in the first phase, Zingwangwa and Bangwe would be the first beneficiaries.

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3 years ago

I agree, privatizing the markets is not a solution. Take for example China, all markets are public but are among the best in the world.In Malawi, Few places like Bus depots are under private management but what improvements are they bringing…Take Wenera or and Lilongwe Depots. There is more which need to be done than what bwana Kapito has suggested.

3 years ago

Why is privatisation not the solution? Please give us a reason, or is it because you want to use government money by giving contracts to Ana a Dad? We have tried the current format for 54 years (even Blantyre market which was a “top notch” market in those days is beyond redemption now.
Allow some private investors to come in and build these markets and commercialise them. The City Assembly can only come in to overseer if the operations are not meeting the expected standards.

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