Uliwa market operates without toilets, shadow Councilor promises change

An aspiring for Uliwa Ward in Karonga Gloria Singini has expressed concern over poor sanitation and deteriorating hygienic conditions at Uliwa market which is operating without toilets.

Singini expressed the concern at a meeting Justice and Peace convened at Wasambo area development committee (ADC) on Friday aimed at marketing female candidates to traditional and development leaders.

Singini-No toilets at Uliwa market-Picture by Jordan Simeon-Phiri

She noted that the condition is pathetic as both buyers and sellers are subjected to high risk of contaminating water borne diseases such as cholera and dysentery.

“This Ward needs a development conscious person like me. Just imagine the whole market operating without toilets and running water yet the Council collects daily market fees but cannot give back 25 percent to the community by constructing toilets. Where does that money go?

“Once voted into power I will make sure that I change the face of Uliwa by bringing school blocks to ease long distances that pupils more especially girls walk in search of education, potable water within reach and maternity wings for expectant mothers at almost every health centre in this area,” Singini said.

She further promised to make good use of development funds to construct Fulirwa Bridge and some equally pertinent projects in the area to make sure that everyone benefits from their tax.

Singini also unveiled plans to revamp Kachaka rice scheme that has been lying idle for quite a long time, saying this has economically crippled the area and deprived it of socio economic development.

Speaking on behalf of development leaders, Kaporo rural hospital management committee (RHMC) Kiddah Munthali said time has indeed come to go for female candidates who could use their status as mothers to embrace motherly love and bring the much needed social amenities that people lack.

“As a community leader I welcome this campaign. Let us use these general elections to try female candidates. We have tried men who have not lived up to our expectations,” Munthali said.

Malawi Electoral Cycle Support (MECS) project coordinator at JP of Karonga diocese Moses Mwakisalu said his office is in the 50:50 campaign as one way of making sure that the forthcoming elections produce equal representation at both Parliament and Local Government level

UN Women is funding MECS project and about 23 female candidates are battling it out in both Parliamentary and Councillorship elections on May 21.

 

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