By KALOBWE BWALYA
TRADERS at Lusaka’s Buseko market have appealed to government to quickly provide them with shelter.
The traders, especially those dealing in traditional brooms, were soaked by Friday’s thunderstorm that destroyed and blew off most of their makeshift shelters on Umuzilikazi road.
A check by the Daily Nation found most traders and their families trying to rebuild their temporary shelters.
In an interview, one of the traders Mable Mubitana said most of her things including beddings and clothes were soaked and some washed away.
Ms Mubitana was worried that lives could be lost, especially her young children who were almost swept away by the heavy downpour.
She said on several occasions criminals attempted to attack them, adding that some of them had already been robbed of undisclosed amounts of money.
“We are suffering a lot because we have no proper shelter where to sleep and do our business after we were chased from the market. Criminals have also taken advantage of the situation by wanting to rob us of the little profit that we realise from selling grass and brooms,” Ms Mubitana said.
Another affected trader Susan Mbolokonya said besides sleeping on the roadside, they have do not have any toilet facility, adding that they are afraid of any diarrheal outbreak.
Ms Mbolokonya appealed to Lusaka City Council and Buseko market management to consider finding them temporary shelter as their lives are no longer safe.
She observed that speeding vehicles, especially at night, posed high danger of accidents.
“We have no toilets here where we live and this has been a big challenge as any outbreak can occur. Also, speeding vehicles pose a great threat because there can be an accident anytime. Therefore, we are appealing to the local authority and Buseko market management to help us with temporary shelter,” Ms Mbolokonya said.
And Lackson Songolosi complained of humiliation especially by some motorists who often use the road by calling them names.
Mr Songolosi said business of selling grass had become a challenge because the grass and brooms had been soaked and customers were shunning them.