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Vendors Plead with Council on Fresh Maize Sale Ban

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By Fiona Manda

Fresh maize vendors in Mzuzu City have expressed concern ahead of the city council’s notice ban of the sale of the product.

Mzuzu City Council (MCC)’s spokesperson, McDonald Gondwe said in an interview on Monday that the city council would issue a stop notice on the selling of fresh maize next week.

Reacting to the news, fresh maize vendor, Helena Mhone told Malawi News Agency she was not prepared for the notice as she has no alternative means to feed her four children and a disabled relative who look up to her as a bread winner.

“I am a widow who looks after a family on my own. It is not easy as a single mother to manage. The stop notice will only make things worse for me and my family.” Mhone said.

Mhone then urged MCC to delay the notice, saying several vendors try to raise school fees for their children through sale of fresh maize. She added that due the COVID-19 pandemic, most businesses were affected.

Another vendor, Jeffery Kaunda also said many businesses have been affected by Coronavirus and that it would be unfair for the city council to interfere with the fresh maize market as it is a reliable source of income for the players.

However, Gondwe of Mzuzu City Council said the city council issues notice to prevent theft of maize in people’s fields.

“Selling of maize has economic impact in the city. However, this is a period when thieves find chance to steal maize from other people’s farms.” Gondwe said.

He said in the past, the notice did not have impact due to lack of enforcement which he said will be observed this year.

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