Mozambique: Fish Market Without Ice or Sufficient Water

Maputo – Less than two months after the new Maputo fish market was inaugurated, its ice-making machine and cold storage units have broken down, and the water supply system is not providing enough water, much to the annoyance of the vendors.

The market is municipal property, and the Mayor of Maputo, David Simango, admitted the breakdowns on Thursday, at the opening of a session of the elected municipal assembly. He said that work is under way to ensure the rapid re-establishment of these essential services.

“Unfortunately in this first phase of the market’s operations, we are still facing some constraints, notably with the ice making machinery and the cold storage”, he said. “Currently ice from the ice making plant at Maputo port is being used to conserve produce”.

The breakdowns are an embarrassment for the Municipal Council since President Filipe Nyusi himself inaugurated the new fish market just before Christmas.

The market cost about 10 million US dollars. 8.6 million was provided by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the rest by the Council, in partnership with the Mozambican government.

Simango told the Municipal Assembly that a Japanese consultant has arrived, and will be working with the municipality for the next three months to monitor the situation.

Within the next week, equipment from the manufacturer of the cold storage units should arrive.

Furthermore, not enough water is reaching the market for all the users, including the restaurants on the premises.

“We are working with the Maputo Regional Water Company to find a solution to the shortage of water”, said Simango. “At the same time, we are trying to supply water in tanker trucks, whenever the market’s reservoirs run out”.

source: All Africa