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LCC commissions containerised toilet

KELVIN MBEWE, Lusaka
LUSAKA City Council has commissioned the first containerised toilet at Simon Mwewa lane at a cost of K250, 000 in a bid to relocate street vendors.
The council entered into a “Finance Build Operate and Transfer (FBOT)” agreement with Kwasu Properties Limited.
The agreement entails that Kwasu builds the ablution block, operates it for some time and then transfer it to the council.
Speaking during the commissioning of the toilet, Lusaka mayor George Nyendwa said the launch signifies Government’s commitment to ensuring that its people trade in healthy environments.
He said the second containerised toilet will be installed next week.
“This ablution block is the first one of the two. The facilities are intended to cater for the needs of both the traders and clients that operate from here.
“Facilities of this nature contribute to keeping the city clean, and hence, result in the reduction of outbreaks of communicable diseases,” Mr Nyendwa said.
He said the council has received numerous applications from vendors who have expressed interest in occupying Simon Mwewa lane.
“The street vendors that have expressed interest in occupying this place are many, what we have done as a council is to find another place for them. This place is between New Soweto Market and Lusaka City Market,” he said.
Mr Nyendwa said the council will enter into another FBOT agreement with private companies to ensure that the construction of the market is done quickly.
“The Lusaka City Council on its own cannot undertake developments such as this. It is against this background that we will partner with the private sector to construct another trading place for street vendors,” he said.

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