Vendors at Dwangwa have sworn to continue refusing to pay market fee until the Nkhotakota District Council listens to their grievances.
Chairperson of the vendors Moffatt Chabwera said the traders stopped paying the market fee in February 2016 in protest against the council’s delay to construct sheds and toilets.
Chabwera added that the council told the vendors that it will construct the shed using money from the district development fund.
According to Chabwera, in November 2015 the council received cement, planks and wheelbarrows from a supplier but they did not see the contractors.
“We tried to follow up with the council to disclose the name of the contractor but they failed to do until now,” he said.
Chabwera expressed worry over the delay of the contractors since he fears the available items will lead get wasted.
He said the vendors are tired of the promises from the council and that is why they have taken action.
Chairperson of the council’s works and development committee Joseph Zimkugi said he is aware of the protest.
He said it is sad that the council has failed to fulfil its promise for some time.