mbare msika.jpgTraders at Mbare musika produce market have urged the City of Harare to embark on a sustained waste management programme especially during the rainy season to curb the perennial problem of an unhealthy environment.

Traders said that if minimum hygiene standards are maintained and sanitation facilities are provided as well as collection of garbage on time, there will be no fear of diseases outbreak, which once led to the closure of the market in 2006.

 

Expressing their appreciation of the city council’s efforts to clean up the area by providing skip bins, the traders believe the money paid towards rentals should be used to construct pavements and proper structures as farmers and traders are exposed to rains every year.

 

“We are paying rentals and at the moment, the council has not done enough to set up proper structures. In this wholesale market, there are no shades so when it is raining we have problems,” said one trader.

 

In 2006, vendors were relocated from Mbare musika to make-shift “satellite markets” in Belvedere, Dzivarasekwa, Mabvuku, Highfield and Hatcliffe under circumstances in which the necessary infrastructure such as running water and toilets were absent or inadequate to meet the needs of the traders and buyers.

 

The vendors say the local authority should make necessary preparations before the onset of the rains.

 

“We want the city fathers to construct pavements because it is muddy here during the rainy season.

 

The area here is inhabitable during the rains,” said another trader.

 

Meanwhile, Mbare Msika normally a hive of activity was a bit quiet this morning as business is going in a downward trend due to lack of disposable income while most of the agro- produce has low demand.

 

“Business is very low, the supply of tomatoes is very high and people are just not buying the produce,” said another trader.

 

The market is a major source of income for most people in Harare and particularly Mbare residents who earn a living as traders or farm produce brokers of the produce sold.