Community and commercial operators around the Embangweni trading center have praised the government for constructing a modern market in Mzimba district market.
The market was built with financial assistance from the Malawian and German governments under the More Income and Employment in Rural Areas (MIERA) project.
One of the business operators, Estry Manjaluso, said the new market will provide businessmen with a conducive environment for their operations.
“We used to operate along the Genda-Embangweni road, putting our lives and those of our customers at risk. We also worked in an unsanitary environment. This spacious market is a solution to these problems,” Manjaluso said.
Revenue Collector for M’mbelwa District Council at Embangweni Market, Yolam Mtonga said the new structure will simplify his revenue collection work as traders would be more easily traced than in the past when vendors were scattered anyway.
Mtonga said the arrival of the structure will also help increase revenue as all operators will conduct their business in designated locations under one roof.
“It will be easy to keep the market clean. The market has a waste disposal site where waste will be recycled into usable products,” Mtonga said.
M’mbelwa District Council’s Acting Director of Finance, Bibu Mdala, said the market, apart from helping to increase revenue, will also enhance the face of the mall.
“This is a very important asset for the council as it will improve the economic well-being of the community in this area. It will also create job opportunities for people who will be employed to look after the installation,” Mdala said.
MIERA, through the National Local Government Finance Committee, supports the development of economic infrastructure to improve the business operations environment for smallholder farmers, small and medium enterprises.
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