Kasungu vendors boycott taxes over poor security

Kasungu vendors who are plying their businesses in the district main market  on Thursday agreed to stop paying market fee over the council failure to provide security in their business area.

The vendors in Kasungu

The vendors who said the market has been operating without security for almost seven months said they have been engaging with the council officials on the matter but it yielded nothing.

Chairperson for the vendors, Peterson Black told Nyasa Times that thieves have been stealing their properties when they knockoff due to lack of security personnel at the market.

He also revealed that the council is failing to provide bins as well as personal protective equipment.

The vendors who stormed the council offices in the morning hours of Thursday, threatened to manhandle council’s tax collectors especially if they come to their places.

“It seems the council does care about our welfare. What they only want to deep into our pockets in the name of market fee. Why should we pay the market fee if the council is failing to protect our  properties here?” he wondered.

Reacting to the development, Kasungu Mayor, Socrates Jere said the vendors’ ignorant especially on duties of the council in the market places is the  root cause of the noise.

Jere said the council duty is not to protect vendors’ properties but the market structures.

According to Jere, vendors can employ their own security personnel especially if they think their business properties are not safe.

“Vendors are supposed to employ their own security personnel. Our duty as council is to protect our properties not theirs,” he disclose.

The mayor disclosed that the council has arranged a workshop where they equip the vendor’s committee about the duties of the council in market places.

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National Ceo
National Ceo
12 days ago

Mr Jere, please have sense. If the council only protects its structures, why should the vendors be paying the council? I visited Kasalika Market, Chitete market, Chayamba turn off Market and at Chiwengo dumping site. What I saw gave me an impression that you councilors of Kasungu are useless, The markets have garbage everywhere and Kasungu is not worthy to be a manucipality.

Last edited 12 days ago by National Ceo
Banda
Banda
12 days ago
Reply to  National Ceo

So while those security guards from the council are busy protecting their structures at night in the market they just allow thieves to steal the vendors goods doing nothing or it is the council security guards that are stealing the vendors’ goods on behalf the the council and share with their bosses. It is the council guards that open and close the market everyday. and once they have closed the gates they started stealing as instructed by the mayor.

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