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Paynesville marketers protest against waste

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Hundreds of marketers from several markets in Paynesville have held protest in demand for the removal of huge stockpile of garbage in their market places.

The marketers’ protest which started on 21 January is expected to last until the authorities of the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) remove the waste.
According to the protesters, they are paying garbage fees to PCC authorities but nothing has been done by the authorities to collect waste from their selling places.
The protesters from densely populated market places along the Gobachop Road in Paynesville have threatened that they would not sell unless the garbage are removed timely and disposed off by the authorities.

Explaining further, the angry marketers disclose that they have been selling in the garbage along with their children for the past four-months without any attempt made by the authorities to remove the dirt.

Speaking for protesters, Mrs. Theresa Nyenkan Siplay wonders why the PCC would not remove the garbage after collecting huge sum of money from marketers as garbage disposal fees.

She discloses that the presence of the waste in market places is causing serious health hazard for sellers and their children.

According to her, some of the marketers take their kids along with them daily to sell, while some customers also take their kids to marketplaces while buying food stuff.

Mrs. Siplay observes that people have to walk through the garbage while search for the goods they want to buy.
According to Mrs. Siplay, five to ten under age children get sick daily at their market places because of the presence of huge garbage.
Meanwhile, our reporter who witnessed the protest says the process was peaceful.

When the PCC was contacted for comment on the matter, our reporter was informed by a staff of the corporation that his bosses were attending a serious meeting with a garbage collection firm and as such they would not speak to the press.
Investigation continues.


By Emmanuel Mondaye –Edited by Winston W. Parley

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