Letter to the Editor

Authorities should check Villa Mall

Dear editor,
WHAT happened on Friday January 19, 2018 at Ndola’s Villa Mall is really sad, especially to us residents of Pamodzi, who frequent that place.

We don’t know whether the authorities are aware that a building collapsed at that place.
Vehicles were extensively damaged and about four people were injured. One was in a critical condition.
What is surprising is that after the building collapsed, the following day the owners started rebuilding it without the approval of either Ndola City Council’s buildings department or any other authority.
What happened was a disaster.
We expected officials from the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit to come and assess whether this building is safe or not.
If left unchecked, more lives could be lost.
The other thing is that the car park there is not big enough, yet the owner of the place is still erecting more stalls. Planners, please control this mess.
If the man has money to develop Pamodzi, or Ndola as a whole, let the council offer him larger plots elsewhere rather than building shops on a small piece of land.
At such a time when the country has been hit by the cholera epidemic, health inspectors should also check sanitary facilities at this place.
One toilet caters for more than six shops and a bar.
There is need to put measures in place to prevent loss of lives.

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