Ministry, Roads Authority demand market relocation in Dowa

Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development and the Roads Authority (RA) have told Dowa District Council to relocate Chimwanza Market in the district.

Roadside markets put traders at risk of road accidents

The market lies between the Dowa Boma junction and Mponela stretch of the M1.

Dowa District Council chairperson Precious Chaguza Kambuzi reported to a full council meeting that officials from the ministry and RA told the district commissioner that the market was within the road reserve, making it accident prone.

He said apart from the reasons advanced by the two government entities, the place is also small for a market.

“Just last Monday some vendors fought for space and one was stabbed. A truck driver recently lost control of his vehicle and nearly hit some vendors and their customers, the market is putting lives of people at risk,” said Kambuzi.

There have been efforts to help reduce road accidents in the district with authorities constructing a rumble surface at Dzaleka Refugee Camp along the Dowa Boma Road to control over-speeding vehicles.

According to media reports, Nhaka Afrikan World View (Nawo), a non-governmental organisation implementing various interventions in the district recently called on RA to construct a rumble surface at between Mbolembole Motel and Mponela Police Station in Mponela because the place is accident-prone

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Omex70
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Omex70

It’s bad to see that we have many markets that are taking place along the road. The situation is even bad in Lilongwe. I will give you an example, in area 25c there is a market called Zibweze. Peoply ply their goods along both side of the road and it gives tough time to those driving along that road. The authority can not do anything on that. They pretend as if they don’t know the situation.

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nachisale

Actually all the markets which are operating along the roads in Malawi have to be relocated please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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