Mzuzu City Council (MCC) has banned selling of ready-made foodstuffs in its markets to prevent a cholera outbreak.
The country has registered 382 cases of cholera, including 257 in the Northern Region.
MCC chief executive officer McCloud Kadammanja yesterday announced that the council will confiscate goods from vendors who defy the ban on selling cooked or roasted maize, fritters, boiled cassava and potatoes as well as sweet beer.
The prohibition also affects rice, nsima and salads sold in open places.
The council urged both residents and visitors to observe sanitation and hygiene to avoid contracting the disease raging nearby in Karonga and Nkhata Bay.
Mzuzu Market Vendors’ Committee secretary Franklin Hara said the traders are “totally against illegal vending” which he blames for wanton waste disposal in markets.
He accused the council of failing to protect vendors’ right to trade in sanitary settings.
“The council should take the lead in promoting hygiene. We are operating in unhygienic places because the council is not maintaining the markets,” said Hara.