Days after Malawi News Agency reported that there are no toilets at the popular Tsangano turn- off market in Ntcheu, a contractor that put up the market structures has finally handed over the facilities to Ntcheu council, including toilets.
During a market sanitation review meeting on Monday last week, chairperson of Tsangano market, Austin Chimkango reported that the market toilets were no longer in use because they are full.
“The only toilets at the market got filled in two months andsince then, the market has been operating without toilets for five months now,” he said.
Chimkango appealed to the council to consider opening new toilets that have just been constructed by Shire River Water Basin project at the market, but were not ready to be handed over to the council since the contractor had not yet finished works on the market infrastructures.
Speaking when he handed over the toilets to the council, a representative of ACH Limited Contractors, Joshua Nkhata, said they arranged for a partial handover of the facilities following an appeal from the council to have the toilets handed over to them since there were no toilets at the market.
“We are almost through with the work, what is remaining for us is to install a new pump and connect the pipe from the tank to taps. The work was delayed because we had bought a pump which after installation could not pump the water to the required distance,” he said.
Nkhata said the contractor has since identified a suitable pump from supplier which they expect to install by February 20, 2018. Speaking after receiving the keys for the toilets, Director of Administration (DOA) for Ntcheu District Council, Hastings Mlambuzi, commended ACH contractors for responding to the council’s appeal in good time.
“We were in a difficult situation where we could not provide an alternative in good time. A market is a busy place and Tsangano market being highly populated cannot operate without a toilet,” he said.
Mlambuzi said the toilets will however be privatised for proper care and maintenance.
“When you leave the toilets open, people do not use them responsibly as a result cleaning and maintenance become a problem. The council will therefore privatise the toilets so that they are well taken care of,” Mlambuzi said.