Mchinji District Commissioner Peter Jimusole

By Chifundo Nedi

MCHINJI-(MaraviPost)-Mchinji District Council says is yet to make a final decision on the setting of Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa ) Market which is about to be constructed in the district.

Mchinji District Commissioner Peter Jimusole said this during a press briefing which was held on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 where the council presented the progress of the projects it is undertaking.

Jimusole confirmed that the council will meet  stakeholders including Community members representatives anytime soon to discuss the issue about where the market should be constructed.

He disclosed that there is a misunderstanding between the council and the market users in terms of the location of the market.

The council wants the market to be constructed at Mchinji Mwami Boarder while the market  users ( Community members) want  it to be constructed at Mchinji Boma.

“We  will soon hold a meeting with stakeholders to discuss different issues including the COMESA market issue.

“We are hoping that the community members and the council are going to agree on the issue as they work hand in hand following the fact that the council members were elected by the same community members” he said.

He however said that the council wants the market to be allocated at Mwami boarder considering the suitability of it to be there.

According to some Community members, they want the market to be constructed at the Boma because are afraid that issues of human trafficking and corruption might rise if the market is going to be allocated at the boarder.

Communities argues that as facility users have been negotiating to the council about their views on the market site but up to date they are failing to agree.

Meanwhile, the angry community members are planning to protest against the same issue.

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