4 October 2016 Last updated at: 9:23 AM

Lilongwe market vendors told to stop reconstruction, asked to relocate

The Malawi Institute of Physical Planners (MIPP) has asked Lilongwe central market vendors to stop reconstructing their shops and relocate to Lilongwe community centre ground to pave way for the city council to rebuild the market.

Following the fire that razed down the market late last month, vendors began rebuilding their shops.
But vice president for MIPP Gilbert Chilinde said if vendors will continue with their reconstruction exercise it is going to compromise the quality of the final structures at the market.

Chilinde added that the institute wants to see citizens freely doing their businesses in organized places in all parts of the country, including at Lilongwe central market.

Lilongwe market fire.

The market caught fire.

He however urged government to take the responsibility of reconstructing a better market and stop the vendors from constructing the trading stores which become very dangerous due to materials the vendors use.

Meanwhile, MIPP has expressed regret over the fire incident at the market that led to loss of property worth millions.

“When we heard about the fire and saw what happened, we were shocked with sadness about the loss of property at the market,” explained Chilinde adding that the fire brought discomfort to both vendors and buyers.

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