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Thyolo District Council Engages Chiefs, Politicians on Goliati Market Opening

 New Goliati market New Goliati market - pic by Luka Beston

Thyolo district council says it will soon engage chiefs and political leadership towards opening of a K400 million new Goliati market, four months after vendors objected the move arguing it's incomplete.

Its district commissioner, Hudson Kuphanga has told Zodiak Online on Wednesday that most of the things which the people complained of have been resolved such as, a wire fence to secure their merchandise.

"So far, we want to assure the people that it’s for their own benefit to occupy the new market on safety measures as the place they are operating is a roundabout and on the road which is prone to accidents," Kuphanga said.

However, the market committee chairperson, Richard Mukota insists that the opening of the market under the 'More Income and Employment in Rural Areas' (MIERA) Project depends on completion of 31 shops, brick fence, drainage system and drilling of a borehole.

"We are just waiting for the council to complete the project. We will then allow them to open it," he said.

The vendors in the area have been insisting that the market opening should delay until its completion like it is the case with other seven markets constructed under the same basket in the country.

As of July this year, the district council documented to have lost about K6 million in revenue collection since time the market was ready for opening a year ago.

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