hoto Open Market and Complex opening at Katima Mulilo

CHOTO: A privately owned Open Market will soon open doors at Choto informal settlement on the outskirt of Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi region, to provide shelter and accommodate the nigh number of streets hawkers conducting their business in front of shops around the Katima Mulilo.

Choto informal settlement is one of the most densely populated informal settlement around the town of Katima Mulilo.

The Choto Open Market constructed on a 2500 square meter of land, will complement the existing town council’s Katima Mulilo Open Market.

Once the new open market opens for business, it will accommodate a total of 280 vendors who will be conducting several businesses except liquor related business activities.

Initiator and owner of the ‘Choto Open Market and Complex’,Hisham Ahmed told this reporter on Monday that the idea to construct a private open market came about after after noticing an increased number of street vendors conducting their small businesses in front of shops and supermarket around Katima Mulilo.

Such street hawkers he said, endures the suffering of carrying their goods to and from their homes to these shops on foot while others pay for transportation costs of these goods.

Ahmed noted that all those hassles prompted him to construct a decent, clean and hygienic shelter where the vendors can operate from.

The prominent business person in Katima Mulilo indicated that the interests from street vendors wanting to operate at the premise has been overwhelming, as the open market is already fully booked while 120 vendors who could not secure space have been placed on the waiting list.

The street vendors who will be operating at the open market will be paying a monthly fee of N.dollars 300 per month and according to Ahmed, these new development is a true black empowerment, as services will now be brought closer to the people while the vendor’s standard of living will be improved.

He called on other well established business persons at Katima Mulilo to plough back into communities especially with regards to improving the deplorable living standards in informal settlement and not just concentrate on making profit.

The multi-million dollars Choto open market and complex constructed at a cost of N.dollars three million will be equipped with alarm systems and surveillance cameras.

According to him, the second phase of the open market will include double storey building consisting of 32 offices for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) while the third phase will have a conference room, gym, and a supermarket.

The Choto open market and complex will officially be opened on Wednesday this week by Zambezi regional Governor Lawrence Sampofu.

Other informal settlement surrounding the Katima Mulilo town are Cowboy, makaraban, mahohoma, and coloured camp.

(edited)CHOTO: A new privately-owned open market will start operating at the Choto informal settlement on the outskirts of Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi Region on Wednesday.

It will accommodate the high number of street vendors currently conducting their business around Katima Mulilo, mainly in front of shops.

The Choto informal settlement is one of the most densely-populated informal settlements at the town.

The open market, which was constructed on a 2 500-square metre piece of land, will complement the existing Katima Mulilo Open Market owned by the town council.

Once the new open market opens for business, it will accommodate a total of 280 vendors, who will be running various businesses.

Any liquor-related business activities will, however, not be allowed.

The owner of the Choto Open Market and Complex, Hisham Ahmed told Nampa on Tuesday that the idea to construct a private open market came after he noticed an increased number of street vendors conducting their business in front of shops and supermarkets.

The street hawkers suffer as they have to carry their goods from their homes to the shops on foot, while others pay to have their goods transported.

Ahmed said this prompted him to construct a decent, hygienic shelter which the vendors could operate from.

The prominent Katima Mulilo businessman indicated that interest from street vendors wanting to operate from the open market had been overwhelming, as it is already fully-booked.

Some 120 vendors who could not secure space have been placed on a waiting list.

The street vendors who will be operating from the open market will pay a monthly fee of N.dollars 300.

Ahmed called on other established business people at Katima to plough back into the community, and not just concentrate on making profits.

The Choto Open Market and Complex was constructed at a cost of N.dollars 3 million, and will be equipped with alarm systems and surveillance cameras.

According to Ahmed, the second phase of the open market will include a double-storey building consisting of 32 offices for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), while the third phase will have a conference room, gym and supermarket.

The open market will be officially opened by Zambezi Regional Governor Lawrence Sampofu on Wednesday.

SOURCE: NAMPA